Saturday, August 13, 2016

Visiting Antelope Island State Park

The Vastness of The Lake - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
My brother and his family came into town a couple of weeks ago for a visit. One place that they wanted to see was Antelope Island State Park. We'd been there once, so we thought it would be great to go again.

Antelope Island is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake. It's one of the best places to experience the massive lake. Because the lake is low, it can be a long trek to reach the shore from parking areas. But on a positive note the lake is shallow and is pretty safe for young kids (as far as large bodies of water go). Our kids love splashing in the salty water!

The bugs can be gross and overwhelming. Brine flies cover the shoreline by the millions. They don't bite but they sure are pesky! There are also lots of large spiders all over, especially in the bushes and on the sides of buildings. The north tip of the island seems to always smell bad.

There's a small museum that's a good starting point for an Antelope Island visit. It has a lot of interesting information on the history and biology of the place. There's also a gift shop inside.
Red Buffalo & The Great Salt Lake - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
The island is known for it's wide array of wildlife, especially birds and buffalo. We saw a lot of buffalo, but mostly they were at a long distance. Signs warn about buffalo being dangerous, so we didn't want to see them too close, anyway.

On the southeast side of the island there's the historic Fielding Garr Ranch, which has been around for about 150 years or so. You can take a self-guided tour. It was interesting enough that I would say it's worth the drive out to see it.

A week before our visit a large wildfire burned half of Antelope Island. It was very noticeable in spots and completely unnoticeable in other spots. It mostly burned the remote south side of the island. No structures were damaged and it didn't have any impact on our visit.

Antelope Island State Park is an unusual and fascinating place. I really like it, but really dislike some aspects of it, as well. It has a unique beauty, yet it can be disgusting. I will visit again, and I'll try to overlook the negative and enjoy the positive.
In The Great Salt Lake - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Girl & Boy In The Lake - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Salt Water Play - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Boys Playing In The Great Salt Lake #1 - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Boys Playing In The Great Salt Lake #2 - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Out In The Great Salt Lake - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Grain Storage - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Buffalo Hill - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Wild Buffalo - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Buffalo Herd - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Kids & Combine - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Industrial Green & Red - Antelope Island State Park, Utah
White Door Knob - Antelope Island State Park, Utah

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