The official podcast for Utah Lake. Hosted by the Utah Lake Commission, this podcast discusses the facts, fiction and fun to do with Utah Lake. Topics include projects at the lake, answering questions and dispelling rumors, featuring popular recreation activities at the lake and more. Each episode aims to share the works and wonders of Utah Lake.
Erika Wilde is a local triathlete who has completed a triathlon ACROSS Utah Lake. Think about that. We literally mean across the lake. She's swam across (5 miles), and she has run and biked across during the winter when it was frozen (10+ miles!). We invited Erika onto the podcast to share her experiences completing this triathlon across Utah Lake.
A Wilde Triathlon at Utah Lake - our 2017 blog post on her exploits
A Utah Lake Athlete for All Seasons - our 2013 blog post on her exploits
Utah Lake Field Trips for 4th Graders
This is the first episode in a series we are calling Meet Your Marinas. There are five public marinas at Utah Lake: Saratoga Springs City Marina (aka Pelican Bay Marina), American Fork Marina, Lindon Marina, Utah Lake State Park and Lincoln Beach.
Ron Madson, manager of Lindon Marina, shares some personal stories about his connection with Lindon Marina and sailing, updates us on the improvement project to create a campground at the marina, details about boat rentals and more!
In this episode, we mentioned the following links:
Lindon Marina website
Lindon Marina Facebook page
Timpanogos Yacht Club Facebook page
We discuss fishing at Utah Lake with awesome guest Mike Packer from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. This episode is a great place to start for a beginner or for someone who isn't familiar with fishing at Utah Lake. Topics covered include: access points, a brief history of some of the stocking efforts, improvement projects that will improve the fishery and access, the most common species to target, state fishing records at Utah Lake, and how to learn more about fishing and teaching others to fish.
Links mentioned in this episode:
DWR Utah Lake Fishing Seminar 2019
Casting a Fishing Line - a tutorial on how to cast by Mike Packer
Utah Lake Public Access Points page
Utah State Fishing Records
June Sucker Recovery website
Heckmann RA, Thompson CW, White DA (1981) Fishes of Utah Lake. Great Basin Naturalist Memoirs, No. 5: Utah Lake Monograph. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
Rocky Mountain Bowfishing Club Facebook group
Ep. 04 - Walkara Way Conservation Project
Ep. 07 - Provo River Delta Starts Construction
Ep. 08 - June Sucker: Making Progress
Have you ever paddled down Provo River? If you have, chances are it was the section of Provo River in Provo Canyon. We're talking about paddling down the river all the way to Utah Lake. Done that? We recently did, and this episode shares our experience of paddle boarding from the Geneva Road trail head of the Provo River Parkway Trail all the way down to Utah Lake State Park.
Fun little rapids, peaceful waters, tons of birds, beautiful views of the fish and more were a part of this trip. You should try it too! Listen in to learn more.
Here are some of the links mentioned in this episode:
Youth Paddle Camp - Coming Soon!
Ep. 07 - Provo River Delta Starts Construction
Epic Recreation website
Utah Lake State Park website
What is your favorite bird to spot at Utah Lake?? Keeli shares a couple of her favorites in this episode! Keeli Marvel, former president of Utah County Birders, speaks with the Utah Lake Commission about the basics of birdwatching at Utah Lake, good birding (only the cool people call it birding) spots at the lake and more!
Utah County Birders (UCB) is a great club and they have several resources (mentioned in the epidode) for anyone wanting to learn more about birdwatching:
UCB Facebook Group
Ebird by Cornell University
Birding helpful resources
Mark Greenwood, a Utah County resident and long-time fan of Utah Lake tells us stories of his adventures kayaking in Provo Bay. He shares some tips on things to know before kayaking at Utah Lake, how to be safe and not get lost and shares some of the cool wildlife encounters he has had while at the lake. Listen in to learn more about kayaking in Provo Bay and you will be ready to get down there and give it a try for yourself!
Mark's blog about Kayaking Utah
Utah County Kayakers Facebook Group
The story continues! This episode covers a first-hand account of that frightful day’s events was given by Grant Hammon, one of the twin brothers who were rescued. His retelling of the story is harrowing at times and helps us better understand the emotions felt during that crisis out on Utah Lake. We hope you enjoy the story and stay safe and have fun at Utah Lake!
Every now and again, our thoughts and perspectives are uplifted by a story. Unexpectedly, someone comes along who unselfishly touches lives and then continues on his or her way, oblivious to the impacts they have had. Some of these are unsung heroes, who report to work every day never knowing what they will encounter. This is the story of one of those days.
This episode covers the story of two brothers, Grant and Steve Hammon who were rescued during a storm out on Utah Lake several years ago. The story will be covered in two episodes. In Part 1, the story is from the perspective of the Utah Lake State Park rangers who rescued the brothers. In Part 2, we will be sharing the perspective of the brothers themselves.
In this episode, we speak with Mike Mills, the head of the June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program. He updates listeners on the exciting proposal to "downlist" June Sucker from endangered to threatened, background on carp removal and where it is going in the future, the issue of Northern Pike and more. Listen in, and if you like it make sure to subscribe to the podcast for exciting episodes all about Utah Lake!
In this episode, we interview Melissa Stamp with the Provo River Delta Restoration Project. This project is an effort to recreate the Provo River delta as habitat for the endangered June Sucker fish. Efforts have been underway for over 2 decades, and they started construction in March 2020! Listen in for details on what exactly is happening this year and in future years, answers to frequently asked questions and benefits to the public from this project.
Sam discusses the history behind the Utah Lake Monster, covering sightings stretching back to the mid 1800's. He also discusses the Utah Lake Monster lesson from the Commission that qualifies for 4th grade curriculum, and some verified "monsters" caught at Utah Lake. ;)
Announcing a 1,000 acre open-space public park!!!
We interviewed Jake Holdaway, the founder of the Walkara Way Conservation Project. This project is an effort to restore a 1,000 acre section of the Utah Lake shoreline in Orem. There are over 25 government entities working together with the private landowners to create this amazing park that will have trails, ponds, bird viewing towers and more. Listen in to get the preview on this project!
Why should you recreate at Utah Lake? It seems there's plenty of reasons not to, but today we're going to help you learn the truth about Utah Lake....it's amazing! Utah Lake Commission staff share some of their reasons why, but we also interview three individuals who use the lake themselves. Pat Scouten, an avid fisherman who's been coming to Utah Lake for over 60 years; Todd Frye, the owner of Bonneville School of Sailing who has been teaching people to sail on Utah Lake for over a decade; and Joe Arave with Epic Recreation, the concessionaire at Utah Lake State Park all have great things to say about Utah Lake.
In this episode, we address the top 5 questions we got about Utah Lake at an educational booth we did over the summer of 2019. The topics include: algae blooms, carp removal, the Utah Lake Restoration project, the Utah Lake Commission and the future of the lake.
Utah Lake Commission staff discuss the future of Utah Lake, breaking it up into four categories: Water Quality, Habitat and Wildlife, Recreational Access and Amenities and Transportation. Within those four categories there are several exciting restoration projects, trail plans, phragmites removal, marina upgrades and more.