Sailing in Tooele
Two great locations to experience the Great Salt Lake from Tooele County are Black Rock on the border of Tooele and Salt Lake Counties, and the Great Salt Lake State Marina. Both areas are visible from Interstate 80 and are easily accessed via Saltair Exit 104 from I-80.
But an even better view is from a sailboat on the Great Salt Lake. Make sure to visit the Great Salt Lake State Marina, which is home for over 250 sailboats. If you’re a sailor, or thinking about learning and buying a sailboat, check in at the office for the Great Salt Lake Yacht Club (GSLYC).
Scuba Diving at Bonneville Seabase
It’s not always necessary to head for the ocean to snorkel or scuba dive with exotic saltwater fish. Bonneville Seabase, an inland ocean five miles northwest of Grantsville on Highway 138, celebrates more than 20 years of operation this year.
The popular facility has received several improvements to make the experience even more enjoyable for divers and visitors. The oceanic wonderland is available by appointment Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. After several years of growth, many of Bonneville Seabase’s resident fish have become enormous.
Besides the thrill of scuba diving or snorkeling just below the scenic Stansbury Mountains, Bonneville Seabase’s unique saltwater thrives with abundant marine life. Easily seen are Damsels, Lookdown Jacks, Puffers and Pompanos. There’s also Angel Fish, Groupers, Grunts, Jacks, Tangs, Rabbit fish—and our resident nurse sharks, one of which is over eight-feet long.
Scuba Diving at Blue Lake
Blue Lake is an oasis in the Utah West Desert, south of Bonneville Salt Flats, approximately 15 miles south of Wendover, Nevada. Geothermal springs of fresh water support a relatively rich wetland environment and feed several pools, of which Blue Lake is the deepest. The surroundings consist of salt flats, rocky outcrops, and desert scrub vegetation. The property is part of the Utah Test and Training Range (U.S. Air Force), but the site is operated by the state of Utah as a wildlife management area with open access to the public. Because the pools remain warm year round, the site attracts wildlife as well as scuba divers.
Olympic Sized Swimming at Desert Peak Complex
Located in the heart of Tooele Valley, Deseret Peak Complex is a year-long hot spot of action, with more than 20 recreational and entertainment venues spread across 600 acres.
An Olympic-size swimming pool with multiple lanes, diving board area, wading pool, water amusements and slide is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Nearby the pool are soccer fields, softball diamonds, playgrounds, indoor and outdoor arenas, pavilions, two museums, plus motocross, BMX and ATV racetracks. There’s also a horse racetrack, an archery park, and a nine-hole pitch-and-putt golf course.