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Bountiful Lake

Bountiful Lake truly has something for everyone. This easy, paved path follows the shoreline of the lake and features interpretive signage, fishing docks, and plenty of shady spots to sit and take in the beautiful scenery. With the exception of a short section on the north side of the lake, the entire trail is paved and accessible to strollers and wheelchairs.

Trailhead

Bountiful Lake is located just west of Legacy Parkway near Bountiful, Utah:

  1. From Legacy Parkway, take Exit 4 for 500 South.
  2. Turn west and then immediately north onto the frontage road.
  3. Continue on the frontage road for 2.1 miles.
  4. Turn east into the signed parking area for Bountiful Lake (40.907115, -111.920646).

There are restroom facilities and a non-motorized boat launch ramp at the parking area.

The Hike

From the parking area, begin walking down the paved path heading south around the shore of the lake. This area is beautifully maintained and features numerous benches and spots along the shore to sit down and fish or just take in the scenery.

Fishing docks are located along the east and south shores. Continue hiking past the docks as the path winds along the shore through tall stands of pampas grass. After about 0.8 miles, the trail reaches a metal footbridge over the outlet of the lake on the far west end (40.907054, -111.929395). Beyond the bridge, the paved trail ends.

You may continue along the unimproved path that passes by several more benches by the lake; however, it can sometimes be muddy and wet. If you want to keep your feet dry, you may follow the paved trail onto a gravel road that follows the north side of the lake. Walk east on the gravel road for about a quarter mile until you reach a gate on the right that reconnects to the paved path and returns to the parking area. Alternately, if you wish to stay on paved trails, you can simply turn around at the foot bridge and return the way you came.

Walking distance for the loop is about 1.3 miles, or 1.8 miles to the bridge and back the same way.

Rules & Regulations

  • Keep dogs on leash.
  • Clean up after pets.
  • No littering.
  • No camping.
  • No motorized watercraft.
  • No fires.
  • A valid Utah fishing license is required if you plan to fish.

Closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Special Considerations

During warmer weather, bugs can be a problem. Wear appropriate clothing or use insect repellent as needed.

Credits

This trail guide provided by Backcountry Post.