Least you forget the name, Utah Lake is in Utah County in the state of…Utah. It is the largest freshwater lake in the state, covering approximately 148 square miles, but only up to a depth of 14 feet.
At one time there were thirteen different types of fish native to the lake, but after the settlers arrived in the late 1800s they introduced carp into the lake, along with pollution and over fishing. As a result only 1 native fish remains, the Utah sucker, with the carp being well over 90% of the fish in the lake, although birds seem to like it.
Situated in the Utah Valley (of course), mountains surround the lake.
Being the only lake around it is a popular place for sailing.
The Utah road trip continued north until we reached the town of Junction. From here Utah Highway 153 heads up the mountains and eventually into Beaver Canyon.
It is 40 miles from Junction to the town of Beaver, the first 20 miles is gravel and dirt, the last 20 back down are paved. With the leaves on the aspen trees, and others, changing, the drive was spectacular.
We took one last look back into the Sevier River Valley.
The drive continued until we topped out at 10,000′ elevation, about 4000′ above the valley floors.
The road passed Puffer Lake.
Utah advertises 11 scenic routes in the state. While we didn’t take them all, the others would be hard pressed to be better than Utah Highway 153/Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway.