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Overview

RATING: Roadside Attraction
LENGTH: 1+ hours
MAPS: FERGUSON FLAT, NV; WENDOVER SE, NV; SPRING GULCH, NV

Tue

Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. Wind chill values as low as -2. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

22 | 3

Wed

Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.

27 | 11

Thu

Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

30 | 16

Fri

Cloudy, with a high near 36.

36 | 21

Sat

Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.

37 | 23

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SEASON: Any, hot in the summer

Tue

Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. Wind chill values as low as -2. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

22 | 3

Wed

Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.

27 | 11

Thu

Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

30 | 16

Fri

Cloudy, with a high near 36.

36 | 21

Sat

Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.

37 | 23

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Fisherman at Blue Lake Utah

Fisherman at Blue Lake Utah

Blue Lake is located south of Wendover on the very western edge of Utah. The lake, a geothermal pool in a vast open desert, is well known amount scuba enthusiasts. It is one of the few warm bodies of water in the state that, at about 60-ft deep, offers the opportunity for scuba diving in all but the coldest months. The naturally heated water comes out of the ground at about 85 degrees at the bottom of the lake, with surface temperatures ranging between about 60-80 degrees depending on the season.

The lake is used mostly by scuba divers and fisherman. Because of the warm water, the lake is home to some planted warm water fish like bass, tilapia (introduced illegally), sunfish and bluegill.

While excited to visit this oasis in the desert, I will admit to being fairly disappointed. The area, on our visit, was covered in litter and substantial trash. A wooden boardwalk goes from the parking area to the lake. At the lake, the boardwalk ends and dense vegetation makes getting off the boardwalk nearly impossible, meaning everyone congregates in a tiny area.

This was interesting to visit once, but not something I would recommend going too far out of your way to visit. We visited as part of a loop trip from Salt Lake City, west across the Pony Express Trail to Ibapah, then up to Blue Lake and back to Salt Lake City via I-80. Doing it as part of that loop it made a nice leg stretching stop.

The boardwalk to Blue Lake

The boardwalk to Blue Lake

Getting There

Note: The trailhead is a dirt road, but reachable by most vehicles when dry. Be careful, especially around the trailhead, when wet. The area can become quite muddy.

From downtown Wendover Nevada, head south on US-93 toward Ely. For this for about 16.4 miles to a dirt road on the left side of the highway at about mile marker EL 36.5.

  • Turn off US-93 at about Mile Marker EL 36.5 and reset your odometer. ( 11T 741295mE 4489026mN / N40° 31' 01" W114° 09' 06" )
  • 0.9 miles - T-Junction. Turn right. ( 11T 742658mE 4488825mN / N40° 30' 53" W114° 08' 09" )
  • 1.05 miles - Junction. Go left. The road now heads almost due east. ( 11T 742649mE 4488562mN / N40° 30' 44" W114° 08' 10" )
  • 5.25 miles - Side road comes in on the left. Stay straight. ( 11T 749201mE 4488234mN / N40° 30' 27" W114° 03' 32" )
  • 5.8 miles - Side road on the left. Stay straight. ( 11T 749852mE 4487646mN / N40° 30' 07" W114° 03' 05" )
  • 6.1 miles - Major junction. Go left, soon heading north. ( 11T 750302mE 4487428mN / N40° 29' 59" W114° 02' 46" )
  • 6.45 miles - Junction. Go right, now heading east across the marsh area. ( 11T 750181mE 4487941mN / N40° 30' 16" W114° 02' 51" )
  • 7.2 miles - End of the road in a large dirt parking area. Trailhead ( 11T 751233mE 4487695mN / N40° 30' 07" W114° 02' 07" )
  • Blue Lake ( 11T 751407mE 4487712mN / N40° 30' 07" W114° 01' 59" )
Stark beauty around Blue Lake Utah

Stark beauty around Blue Lake Utah

Route

From the parking area, a wooden boardwalk makes up the short path from the parking area to the lake.


Maps

Printable Maps:
Trailhead

11T 751233mE 4487696mN

N40° 30' 07" W114° 02' 07"

Blue Lake

11T 751407mE 4487713mN

N40° 30' 07" W114° 01' 59"

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