Lake living: 10 reasons to live by Utah Lake

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Utah Lake is making a comeback. Need proof? Read on.

1. As of January 2014, more than 2.5 million carp have been removed from Utah Lake.

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Less carp = cleaner, clearer, more beautiful waters.

2. Local government and wildlife agencies have also cleared away unwanted plant life.

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3. It’s the scene for cool viral videos like pianist William Joseph’s cover of “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.

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4. You can get your triathlon training in close to home with a comfortable average temperature of 73 degrees.

Photo courtesy of utahlake.gov

(Photo courtesy utahlake.gov)

Or you can try to break James Jonsson’s record as the first person to swim the entire length of Utah Lake. It took him 10 hours and 1 minute.

5. Your rainstorm photos will be infinitely more impressive.

Photo by Jeff McGrath

(Photo by Jeff McGrath)

6. Local homebuilders are building by the water with a coastal flair.

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This Saratoga Springs home is part of E Builders’ Harbor Bay development. Plus, when building or buying a new home, you can often get more bang for your buck on the west side of I-15 according to local realtors.

7. You can take long walks on the shore at sunset.

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8. Or do a little yoga on the dock.

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9. Or teach your kids to fish in their own backyard.

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10. You’ll suddenly have an excuse to buy a boat — and something to do every Saturday. With 5 public docks/marinas, it’s easy to get on the water quickly.

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Sources: Utah Lake Commision, UtahLake.gov.

Photo credits: Nate Larsen, Brandon Wright and Brady Donley

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Kate Lehnhof Nash first joined Bennett Communications as a summer intern in 2009. Now, as an associate editor, she writes for magazines including Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley Bride and Prosper. Kate lives in Springville with her husband Steve and enjoys running, reading, sushi and her french bulldog, Chief.

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