Bear Lake. Utah’s second largest natural freshwater lake, Bear Lake, offers sailing, water skiing, jet skiing and speed-boating. Shared equally by Utah and Idaho, Bear Lake is 20 miles long and 8 miles wide. Sailboat regattas and jet ski races are held regularly in the summer, 435-946-3343
Cache County. Cutler Reservoir in central Cache County has some of the Intermountain West’s best still-water canoeing and kayaking.
Hyrum State Park offers boating, fishing, camping and swimming on a 450-acre lake.
Wasatch Mountains. Pineview Reservoir in Ogden Valley, east of Ogden via state hwy 39, and Mantua Reservoir on US 89 are area favorites for water skiing.
Causey Reservoir, east of Ogden, is an excellent canoeing site.
East Canyon Reservoir southeast of Morgan has boat rentals and camping at East Canyon State Park.
Jordanelle Reservoir, between Park City and Heber is Utah’s newest boating location with primitive and full-service campgrounds, 435-649-9540
Boating, sailing and windsurfing are popular on Deer Creek Reservoir at the top of Provo Canyon in Heber Valley.
Rockport Reservoir, south of Wanship off I-80, and Strawberry Reservoir 30 miles east of Heber via state hwy 40 also attract many boaters.
Willard Bay. From April to October, many Utahns head for summer recreation on Willard Bay, a freshwater impoundment adjacent to the Great Salt Lake., The North Marina (exit 360 on I-15) and the South Marina (exit 354) have boat launching, rentals and camping. (801-734-9494)
Great Salt Lake . Sailboating is popular on the Great Salt Lake (depending on weather conditions). Motorboats are also allowed. There is a marina on the south shore of the lake at Great Salt Lake State Park, access is via I-80 exit 104; and at Antelope Island State Park, I-15 exit 335 near Layton.
Jordan River. The Jordan River State Parkway runs adjacent to Redwood Rd. on the west side of Salt Lake City from North Temple St. to 2200 North and the Davis County Line. This 4.8 mile stretch of the Jordan River is popular for canoeing.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving. The Bonneville Sea Base is one of few places in Utah to go snorkeling and scuba diving. The naturally heated saltwater ponds are home to thousands of tropical fish. Located on state hwy 138, five miles west of Grantsville, 435-884-3874.
Utah Lake State Park, west of Provo, is a perennial favorite for boating and water-skiing, 435-375-0733.