Located in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley Decker Lake is a great place to get out for a short walk in a beautiful wetland environment. Despite being situated close to I-215 its tall wetland grasses and abundant waterfowl give Decker Lake a great natural feel. This trail is suitable for adults and children of any skill level.


The parking area (40.709497,-111.948088) for Decker Lake is located on Research Way (2770 South) just before the entrance to the Decker Lake Youth Center at 2310 West Research Way in West Valley City.

There is a large gravel parking area. There are no restroom facilities.

The Route

The trail follows the shoreline of Decker Lake for approximately 1.3 miles before circling back to the starting point on the south shore. The trail surface is mostly smooth, graded gravel with some areas of pavement on the north and east sides.

The character of the Decker Lake Trail varies greatly for such a short trail. With tall stands of reeds and cattails, the west side of the lake feels like a natural wetland environment that one would expect far away from the city. Keep an eye out for geese, ducks, and other migratory birds that visit this area as they pass through each year. Meanwhile the south shore has a nice city park feel with planted trees, benches, and grass. The north and east shores skirt along city streets giving this part of the trail a more urban feel.

Those wishing to spend more time at Decker Lake may try their luck fishing or going for a swim. There is a designated swimming area marked by buoys near the center of the lake.

Rules and Regulations

  • Pets must be on leash.
  • No littering.


This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.