7 Best Utah Lakes to Play in the Sand and Swim

Just want to get your feet wet? Or swim lazily? Float in a tube? Some lakes are much better than others. Here are our best 7 Utah lakes to play in the sand and swim.

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1) Tibble Fork Reservoir

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Hidden up in American Fork Canyon, Tibble Fork Reservoir is colder but magnificent. It is beautiful and serene. Perfect for wadding, canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming and fishing.

2) Herriman Lake (Blackridge Reservoir)

This man-made lake was designed for day play. Small but perfect, it has SAND – be it a little rough sand. So bring your sand toys and sunscreen to play.

Herriman Lake

Blackridge Reservoir provides a beach, swimming, playground and more!


3) Antelope Island

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The nostalgia of Antelope Island is peculiar. Where else can you float in a lake that is all salt?  The best time to avoid bugs is early spring and fall, but with such a unique experience, you can’t miss this lake!

4) Highland Glen Park

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Highland Glen Park in Highland is hidden and unknown, which means you will have more space to yourself. Keep this gem to yourselves and enjoy the picnic areas and fun beaches.

5) Deer Creek Reservoir

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This larger Utah lake is full of fun with several great locations just to play on the beach and in the water. The best part of this lake is how CLEAN the water is. The beaches are a little rocky through.

6) Pineview Reservoir

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Beautiful beaches and pretty water. Pine view Reservoir shouldn’t be missed. It’s just 2 miles north of Huntsville and perfect.

7) Bear Lake

Although it is half located in Idaho, Bear Lake can not be forgotten. It is a beautiful lake with pretty beaches. North beach in Idaho is a favorite as well as Rendezvous Beach at the south end of the lake. Near enough to town, you can get a hotel or camp if you want to make a longer stay.



Are there other Utah lakes and reservoirs that you love?


13 thoughts on “7 Best Utah Lakes to Play in the Sand and Swim

  1. I didn’t know about the Pine View Reservoir. It is close to my home. My weekend is planned thanks to you! Yay. I will have so much fun taking pictures. It looks so pretty.

  2. Spanish Oaks Reservoir in Spanish Fork (there are hiking trails near there, too), and Wayne Bartholomew Park in Springville, at the mouth of Hobble Creek Canyon.

  3. Smith & Morehouse reservoir is a great one too! There’s a rope swing on the east side of the lake for the daring–it’s about 25 feet high!

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