Talk:Utah Lake

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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Utah Lake:
Completed or in-process
  • Create a History section. See Wikipedia:WikiProject Historical information
  • Shorten and rework the lead section and add some of its contents to the main article (see Wikipedia:Lead section for more info). Partially done, some expanding needed.
  • Expand ecosystem section with what non-native species have been introduced (when and why, if possible), how they have affected the lake, population numbers, etc.
  • Review Utah Division of Water Quality Report and add any information that is not outdated to the article.used other sources from journal articles
  • Mention the pacu that was caught in the lake. [1][2][3][4][5] One fish is not worth the mention... Alot of other stuff have been found that people threw away.
  • Create Geography and hydrology section(s).
  • Mention the pumping station on the Jordan River, which regulates the level of the lake (it is still a natural lake).
  • Mention boat harbors on the lake, e.g. Provo, Lindon, American Fork, and Linclon Beach harbors.
  • Create Endangered and extinct species subsection for June sucker and Utah Lake sculpin, explain reasons for status and brief descriptions of fish.
  • Expand geography section, naming mountain ranges surrounding the lake.
  • Cite sources using footnotes. - Mostly done, any more unsourced statements can be tagged with {{fact}} at a minimum, every paragraph should have a source.
  • Make sure the article is thoroughly copy-edited. See: Wikipedia:How to copy-edit.  Working

Carp population[edit]

how can carp make up 90% of the lake's biomass? biomass would include whatever the carp eat, would include plants that live in the lake and other non-fish species of animals. i suspect that carp make up 90% of the fish in the lake, not 90% of all life in the lake. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:6:5600:5AC:1535:B17B:93B4:1DDB (talk) 02:52, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

Some mention should be made of the huge carp population, which contributes to the poor water quality by stirring up silt and eating vegetation. see,1249,615152300,00.html,1249,595076665,00.html

We should also mention the recently released fish consumption advisory for elevated levels of PCBs in carp.

Feel free to add it. Be Bold! bob rulz 06:19, 26 May 2006 (UTC)
I'll be bold, but I might make a mess. Hopefully someone wil be here to clean up after me :) --Lethargy 10:42, 26 May 2006 (UTC)

Utah Lake ecosystem (help needed)[edit]

OK, I created the "Utah Lake ecosystem" section, but I can' possibly fill it up on my own. things that need to be added off the top of my head include:

  • Native species of fish and how many remain in the lake
  • The effects carp and other non-native species have had on the lake and native species
  • Non-native species that have been introduced and, if possible, when and why.
  • Cleanup for grammar, punctuation, etc. (speaking of which, I'll just correct my spelling of the word "grammar")--Lethargy 10:56, 26 May 2006 (UTC)


While it's great that an infobox was created for the article, must it really be in metric units? Metric units may be the most common in the world, but this is the United States, and many Americans (such as me) can't comprehend the metric system nearly as well as they can the American system. bob rulz 09:59, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

Good point. I was following what has been done in the other articles, but that seems kind of silly considering this is an American lake. I'll probably do it with both, so I don't offend metric people (that's what they like to be called) --Lethargy 18:24, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
As long as we are talking about the infobox, why does it cause the edit link on the geography section to appear next to the hydrology section? --Lethargy 18:58, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
Nevermind, it was the photo I added, is there some way of adding it without messing up the layout? This is the photo:
Satellite photo of Utah Lake
The photo needs to be rotated so that it is vertical. Looks awkward.Parkwells (talk) 02:33, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
There should be a map showing where the lake is within the state of Utah.Parkwells (talk) 02:36, 10 August 2016 (UTC)


Just figured I'd post this story for anyone who cares to read it. Perhaps we can squeeze it into the article somewhere.

Apparently someone was fishing from Provo Boat harbor and caught either a piranha or a pacu, which, for those who are wondering, are not exactly native. These have been caught before in the Jordan River in 1992 and 2004, and many anglers have reported catching them and releasing them. --Lethargy 19:15, 11 July 2006 (UTC)

Photo requests[edit]

I'm looking for several photos, if anyone can provide any of these listed below (or any of the lake, for that matter) you will have my eternal (well, almost) gratitude.

  • Boating, waterskiing, or other water sports on the lake.
  • Fishing at the lake.
  • Fish from the lake, so we can use photos of fish actually taken at Utah Lake, rather than a general photo of the fish.
  • Birds at the lake.
  • Photos of the Utah Lake Wetland Preserve.
  • Photos of Utah Lake State Park.
  • The Pump house on the Jordan River, or the Jordan River itself.
  • The Provo River, where it enters the lake.

--Lethargy 00:48, 22 September 2006 (UTC) File:Utah Lake View from Provo.jpg —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:38, 18 May 2011 (UTC)

Utah Lake monster[edit]

Here are some links about it after a brief 1 minute search:

Hope that helps. ···日本穣? · Talk to Nihonjoe 00:24, 14 March 2009 (UTC)

Error in first paragraph[edit]

"With a surface area of 96,900 acres (392 km2), it is the 3rd largest natural freshwater lake west of the Great Lakes" is false. Mille Lacs is 128,000 acres, Leech Lake is 100,000+ acres, Devils' Lake is around 100,000 acres. I guess I'm not sure if Devils' can be considered a fully natural lake, and the Federal Dam may increase the size of Leech a small bit, but Mille Lacs for sure is 100% natural. Emmetlang (talk) 16:05, 10 September 2010 (UTC)