The Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River. It is approximately 75 miles long and about 35 miles wide. It’s the sixth most saline body of water in the world, at 22%, just behind the Dead Sea. It is to saline to support fish, however several types of algae live in the lake and Brine shrimp/brine flies tolerate the high salt content and feed on the algae. The brine flies are harmless, tiny little things and are the primary food source for many birds that migrate to the lake.
We spent the day at Bridger Bay Beach on the north end of Antelope Island with our hosts and fellow folkies, the Danzig family (Otter Creek).
The beach had a distinctive “Vet Clinic” smell. Add that to the swarming flies and brine shrimp bobbing in the water and most would turn away. However, we were determined to really embrace this unique body of water and especially looking forward to floating like a cork. To lie back and float upon the lake with only the sound of the gulls overhead is a unique experience that we will cherish.