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Get To Know Utah Lake

Utah Lake is a popular and familiar place for a number of Utahns. As the largest freshwater lake in the state, and one of the largest freshwater lakes in the western United States, Utah Lake offers several recreational activities and holds a variety of wildlife.

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Get To Know Great Salt Lake

Great Salt Lake, the largest body of water west of the Mississippi River, is truly one of Utah’s wonders. Famous for its high salt content, Great Salt Lake is what is remaining of Lake Bonneville — a giant prehistoric lake that once covered most of western Utah.

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DNR Map & Bookstore Can Help With Your Summer Adventures

Summer is here! Are you ready? The Natural Resources Map & Bookstore is the place to research your next outdoor adventure. We specialize in maps and guides for outdoor recreation including hiking, off-highway vehicles, rockhounding, hunting, fishing, and other activities.

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Mike Fowlks Named Interim DWR Director

Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Executive Director Mike Styler has named Mike Fowlks interim director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR).

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It Only Takes One Spark To Start A Wildfire

Temperatures are on the rise, and so is the risk of starting a wildfire. With Utah being in the top five driest states in the nation, it only takes one spark. Thousands of Utahns will be recreating this summer, and should remain vigilant about wildfire safety.

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The Top 5 Best Eateries in Small Town Utah

Love a good bite to eat? So do we. Because of our statewide responsibilities, DNR employees are well-traveled and have acquired fantastic opinions about many of Utah’s small town eateries. Here are our top 5 small town eateries throughout Utah worth trying, and what each town has to offer in terms of recreation: 

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Utah State Parks Launches “Nobody is Invincible” Safety Campaign

Utah State Parks and Recreation recently launched the “Nobody is Invincible” safety campaign. The campaign, launched through Utah State Park and Recreation’s Boating and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs, encourages Utahns to wear a life jacket while boating and a helmet while riding OHVs this summer to avoid injuries and fatalities. 

Escalante River

WRI Announces Funding For Water Development Projects

Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative, coordinated by the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), recently announced a $2 million funding opportunity for those interested in range, forest and woodland water developments.