Had a great time boondocking and exploring the area. Stansbury Island is longitudinally aligned and is approximately 11.5 miles (18.5 km) long, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) wide, and 22,314 acres (90.30 km2) in area. Still waters in a roadside pond near Stansbury Island, Utah. There are no official campgrounds at Stansbury Island but you'll see several camper-made fire pits around. Yes, a cool place, but not exactly the kind of land uses happening that make for a comfortable and relaxing camping experience. The … When you get to the island, head left along the ea... Catch a Sunset at the Great Salt Lake Marina, Hike the Buffalo Point Trail on Antelope Island. The remaining northern third of the island dates back to the Cambrian Period, consisting of a small outcrop of Tintic Quartzite, but mainly middle Cambrian limestone, shale, and dolomite. Camping is permitted in most areas.[2]. I searched for any information I could find about camping on Stansbury Island, but all I could find was that it's allowed. The island is named after Howard Stansbury, who surveyed the Great Salt Lake in 1849. Even after Stansbury confirmed that there were no river outlets, many people had trouble believing the lake was not connected to the ocean. The Great Salt Lake is a wonderful recreation area which is underutilized by boaters and hikers. The best place I found to camp was at the very beginning of the mountain just beyond a four way intersection. Stansbury Island was named after Howard Stansbury, the leader of a government expedition that surveyed the lake in 1849. The southern half of the island was folded into a southward anticline. How is it the BLM rents our lands out to these people who take the resources and we can't even go there without facing fines and jerk face so called owners. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more! Great Salt Lake Landscapes Mountains Reflections Stansbury Island Tooele Utah View Photo Data and Location Stansbury Island is situated at the southern end of the Great Salt Lake approximately 28 miles west of Salt Lake City as the crow flies. Camping info for Stansbury Island. It was named for Howard Stansbury, who led a government expedition to survey the area during the mid-nineteenth century. The exposed salt on the shore edge created a beautiful scenery. Once on the island, the road passes a small marina (as the water on the north side is now quite deep) and a memorial to 12 US military personnel who died in a 1992 air crash just to the north, and then forks; the left route runs along the east shore to Fielding Garr Ranch, a pioneer Mormon homestead built in 1848, while right leads to all other locations. © 2020 The Outbound Collective - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. With over 28,000 acres, it is the biggest island located in the Great Salt Lake...the largest salt water lake in the Western hemisphere. The western side lacks water. The faults in the north section are transverse and may have some strike–slip component. Explore Stansbury Island 3.0 Rarely will you ever see another person at the underrated Stansbury Island, the second largest island within the Great Salt Lake in Utah - even though a dirt causeway connects it to land, it is still considered an island. UPD said the 40-year-old pilot, from Bountiful, was forced to make a controlled landing into the water near Stansbury Island. Visitors e... Overview The western side lacks water. The island is a beautiful sight to see despite the mining and raping of the land from these people that lease it. You have to camp either right near the shooting ranges on the southern edge or on the very north end. The slightly pink colored water is the red pigment from the salt-tolerant bacteria and algae that survive this extreme salinity. There are small plots of private property so keep an eye out for signs and be sure to be respectful of these land owners and not camp on their property. It's very important to stay out of the private area -it is routinely watched by land owners and crossing into that area serves a … Stansbury Island is the second largest island within the Great Salt Lake in Utah. A huge section of the island is clearly posted as no camping, or even stopping. Historical Weather. ... Water Mirror. Stansbury Island is the second largest island within the Great Salt Lake in the U.S. state of Utah. The people dig holes in the ground taking all the rocks. I don't know what the fence was for or how long it has been there but today the remains stand in line across a salt flat which is sometimes covered by water. Stansbury Island is the second largest island within the Great Salt Lake. Stansbury Island. 70.2k members in the SaltLakeCity community. The Stansbury Mountains are reflected in the smooth waters of a retaining pond near Stansbury Island, Utah. Petroglyphs and two caves large enough to explore are also located on the island. The island is uninhabited and is used as a winter feeding ground for sheep. On the BLM land on the southern end, however, is a 5.3 mile (one way) single-track trail. Stansbury Island is the second largest island within the Great Salt Lake in the U.S. state of Utah.Located in Tooele County, it is considered an island even though a dirt causeway connects it to the mainland. When the water levels are low, Antelope Island becomes connected to the shore as a peninsula, as do Goose Islands, Browns Island… Nikon D850, 24-120 f/4 ISO 50, f/20, 15 sec , Live View Matrix Metering, Manual Mode Lots of people shooting guns. The quartzite ledge on the southern part of the island is Devonian in age. The Stansbury Island Interpretive Trail runs entirely on the island’s west side and provides a front row seat to the powers of ancient Lake Bonneville. Right before the marina you will veer left onto a dirt road and this will take you right up to the black rock. Utah Division of Wildlife Rescources, University of Utah and Westminster College scientists visited the Island in the northwest corner of the Great Salt Lake Wednesday March 10. of Natural Resources Utah Geological and Mineral Survey Bulletin 116, pp. #turdburger. [3] The island is a desert mountain/mountain range, with a few fresh water seeps along the eastern side. You can go as long and far as you want. Hi All, I made this image at Stansbury Island, Salt Lake, UT The pink colors in the water are due to Brine Shrimp The pink colors in the water are due to Brine Shrimp. Incredible reflection photography shots. Great Salt Lake Landscapes Mountains Reflections Stansbury Island Tooele Utah. The shore of the lake is covered in salt deposits, and samples of the water … Upper Narrows Campground is located southwest of Grantsville, Utah, in South Willow Canyon at an elevation of 6,400 feet. Visito... Overview Good hiking and mountain biking regardless. It is one of a few islands where camping is allowed. The lack of crowds also includes a lack of rangers or maintenance so the place is pretty rugged - as always, be careful and stay safe. The burs are terrible and all over the ground- not great for dog feet. 3 Stansbury Island South Description The stretch of mudflat between the pumping station on the south end of Stansbury Island to the railroad is a shoreline survey that has been divided into two sections by the secondary canal (3a = north section, 3b = south section). Engineers. Stansbury Island is the second largest island within the Great Salt Lake in Utah. If your looking for the same experience without the drama the area by lone rock may be a better choice. You'll see lots of ranges where people go shooting. Average annual precipitation is about six inches. Its peak is Castle Rock, at 6647 feet above sea level. Boy Scout Campground is located southwest of Grantsville, Utah, in South Willow Canyon at an elevation of 6,320 feet. It hasn't change too much. Amazing sunrises and sunsets. The nearest weather station for both precipitation and temperature measurements is GARFI which is approximately 18 miles away and has an elevation of 4,330 feet (1,257 feet lower than Stansbury Island). Gnats are so awful. ). Located in Tooele County, it is considered an island even though a dirt causeway connects it to the mainland. Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune Salt formations line the shore of Gunnison Island surrounded by the super salty pink lemonade-colored water of the Great Salt Lake. Where you can camp is regularly visited by gun enthusiasts out there shooting--frequently. Still waters in a roadside pond near Stansbury Island, Utah. We headed out to Stansbury Island for a camping and target practice weekend. We only saw one other camping group there and had plenty of space to ourselves. The lack of crowds make this a very chill place to camp out, shoot photos, and enjoy the sunrise or sunset. Stansbury Island was named after Howard Stansbury, the leader of a government expedition that surveyed the lake in 1849.. A biking trail is located on the island. Average annual precipitation is approximately six inches. Beautiful location due to the reflections in the water, A lot of reviews talk about how the whole area is private property. If you get to the no trespassing sign you've gone too far. Just about an hour drive from Downtown Salt Lake City, you will find Stansbury Island and its many lakes. 55-68, "Stansbury, H., 1852, Exploration and Survey of the Valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah Including a Reconnoissance of a New Route Through the Rocky Mountains: Philadelphia, Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 615 pg", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stansbury_Island&oldid=980102639, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 September 2020, at 16:38. 67 likes. 3 of us wanted to work off some thanksgiving dinners so Sp'er Kadee, her friend Mike and I worked our way up to the ridgeline and tagged Castle Peak first, dropped down to the west a bit and then made our way up to the HP of Stansbury Island. Climbed a little peak (~6,000') next to the road for great views of the salt flats and lake. The northern half of the island is composed of a series of northwesterly trending fault blocks in which the strata dip to the west. A subreddit for Salt Lake City, UT and the surrounding valley. I tried to go camp on the east side of the mountain and there is a sign there as well saying both sides of the road is private property. Below are weather averages from 1971 to 2000 according to data gathered from the nearest official weather station. The Outbound works best with JavaScript enabled. The rest of the island is composed of Upper Cambrian to Upper Mississippian strata, mostly limestone, dolomite, quartzite, and shale. ). Definitely drive to the end of the island to the viewpoint, where there are pink salt flats! Stansbury Island is a fun geological feature as well - it is dotted with shale, limestone, and dolomite rock. The lake was circumnavigated and officially surveyed in 1850 by Howard Stansbury, for whom the island was named. Some popular short destinations are to Black Rock (2 miles RT(40.725294, -112.227835)) or Pyrite Point... Head west on I-80 and get off on the Saltair exit. The Frary peak trail is the highest point of Antelope Island and can be found a short drive off of I-15 north on Antelope Drive near Layton. There is a fee to access the island, but well worth it. If you camp in these areas you face a fine of 500 to 4000 dollars. The exposed salt on the shore edge created a beautiful scenery. The lake, which dominated Utah’s landscape for thousands of years with deep water, left unmistakable wave marks and escarpments on the island… Launch your kayak or SUP from the marina, which is located only 20 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. Overview We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. Be careful. Not sure it matters. Mueller Park Group Picnic Area is located just 5 miles from Bountiful, Utah, at an elevation of 5,400 feet. Stansbury Island is the second largest island within the Great Salt Lake in the U.S. state of Utah. GPS is not accurate, Stansbury Island is a desolate and remote wilderness I went last night, my first time there in many years. October and May are the best months We didn't find any spectacular campsites on the island, but did find plenty of spots that would work for camping on the south end of the island. A great access to the tops of the mountains as at Tabbys Canyon (again on the southern end of the Island). The best 8 mile stretch of the island is leased by a guy on a four wheeler with guns that runs people off of his property. Some of the island is private property and access is difficult since the private property surrounds the road. I was originally a little weary of heading out as some reviews I read … The water in Lake Hillier is permanently pink – even if you take a water sample from the lake, it won’t change colors! The slightly pink colored water is … The info that you can camp almost anywhere on the island is quite the opposite. Fremont Island, part of the city of Hooper and Weber County, is the third-biggest island in the Great Salt Lake after Antelope Island and Stansbury Island. Its desert landscape is often overlooked, and it's hardly visited; which I am happy about :-) The deep blue water at the bottom is a salt pool, on the left, you can see a large section of salt that will soon become visible as the water evaporates. Unexpected find on Stansbury Island, Great Salt Lake Post by Jeremy Westerman » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:41 pm I went out to cruise for snakes in the evening and then to look for scorpions last night on Stansbury Island and I came across a large breeding population of Great Basin Spadefoots in a temporary pond of trapped rainfall. [1], A biking trail is located on the island. Stansbury Island Petroglyphs is a 2 mile one way hike with 200 feet elevation gain. So, armed with the limited information, we set out. I spent the night. So if you do that- it’s a great spot for it. So much is private property, there are no trespassing signs everywhere. [4], View of Stansbury Island from southeast at. Unique scenery you won't find many other places. Roylance, W.J., Utah: A Guide to the State, 1982, Salt Lake City: Zion Book Store, Stokes, W.L., Geologic Setting of Great Salt Lake, in Great Salt Lake: A Scientific, Historical and Economic Overview, Gwynn, J.W., editor,1980, Utah Dept. It seems everywhere you go there's signs and people telling you that you're not allowed there. I wanted to explore the cliffs but as always it's off limits. Keywords: Utah, Stansbury Island, landscape, Great Salt Lake, sunset, salt, orange, pink, red, blue, lake, water, reflection Browse: Home / Archives, Spring 2017, Trailhead Blog / Walking Over Water- Traversing Stansbury Island By Tyson Bradley | 06/21/17 There’s a spring in my step as I bound on and off of quartzite boulders, rising as I do above the north tip of Stansbury Island in the Great Salt Lake. Precambrian strata are present at the north tip and along a portion of the northeast shore. Situated on Middle Island, this is perhaps the most famous Pink Lake on the list. Rarely will you ever see another person at the underrated Stansbury Island, the second largest island within the Great Salt Lake in Utah - even though a dirt causeway connects it to land, it is still considered an island. You will drive past the music venue and into the Great Salt Lake state park. The island is a typical desert mountain, with a few fresh water seeps along the eastern side. Stansbury Island Portrait Series: Wet There is a little known area near Stansbury Island - Great Salt Lake, Utah where old wooden posts from a former fence line stretch east to west. We didn't see any nudists 😂 but even if we did I'm sure they would have been nicer than that reviewer. It's not clear to me if it's a combo of private land and BLM land, or BLM land that's leased. adventures and follow local regulations. If you camp in these areas you face a fine of 500 to 4000 dollars. During the winter months it gets very chilly and windy here so bring good, warm gear! A large part of the island is private property, and used by cattle ranchers. The rocks on the island are mostly early Paleozoic in age. I thought when I came here it was blm land for the public but I guess they rent it for money. Whoever said this is a "gay nudist swinger" hangout must be a very judgmental and lonely person. Please explore responsibly! The island is uninhabited and is used as a winter feeding ground for sheep. The best 8 mile stretch of the island is leased by a guy on a four wheeler with guns that runs people off of his property. April 5, 2019 Tooele. Stratigraphic evidence at a number of localities, including new evidence from Crater Island on the west side of the Great Salt Lake Desert, shows that the Stansbury shoreline formed during the transgressive phase of late Pleistocene Lake bonneville (sometime between about 22,000 and 20,000 yr B.P. Dean - Nov 28, 2008 8:07 pm Date Climbed: Nov 28, 2008 Castle & Stansbury HP . Prepare ... Antelope Island State Park is a gem within the Utah State Park system. Located 28 miles west of Salt Lake City Utah. The Tabby Canyon Fire started Saturday at around 5 p.m. on the slopes of Stansbury Island, according to state fire officials at Utah Fire Info. The info that you can camp almost anywhere on the island is quite the opposite. Dolphin, currently perched on top of mud due to low water levels, is a small island on the western shore near the Hogup Mountains. Stansbury Island is oriented north-south and is about 11.5 miles long and 4.5 miles wide. We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Definitely a great spot for free camping, fun exploring, and lots of solitude 🌄❤️. The majority of the land is BLM owned, which means camping is allowed virtually anywhere. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your In addition to better-known recreation opportunities such as kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, the northwestern part of Antelope Island hosts two primitive campgrounds called Bridger Bay and White Rock. I found the best spot to go to is on the southern tip of the island, turn off onto some of the dirt roads at the base of the mountains. The lake is deepest in the area between these island chains, measured by Howard Stansbury in 1850 at about 35 feet (10.7 meters) deep, and an average depth of 13 feet (four meters). 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