Updated: Sep 15
This may come as a surprise, but you actually don't have to leave the state of Utah to get your beach fix! A trip to California, Florida, or Hawaii can get expeeensive. So why not just head to one of these Utah beaches for the weekend or even a day trip instead? Here's our 5 favorite lakes that have the best beaches in Utah.
5. Yuba Lake
A little Utah gem about 90 minutes south of Salt Lake and just a few minutes off I-15, Yuba has warm water with gorgeous green hues and beautiful sandy shores.
The best beach is next to the sand dunes on the north side of the lake, closest to I-15 and near the Oasis campgrounds. It's best if you have 4WD to get as close to the beach as possible, or you may get stuck in the sand. If you don't, you can always park a little farther away and walk through the sand.
4. Pineview Reservoir
Are you a mountain person or a beach person? Well, at Pineview you get the best of both worlds! Pineview is located near Eden, Utah and Powder Mountain Ski Resort. The best part is it is surrounded entirely by mountains which means your sandy beach play day will be blessed with magnificent mountain views. Head to Anderson Cove for the best beach.
3. Bear Lake
Bear Lake is a natural freshwater lake on the Utah/Idaho border. There are several popular beaches, including Rendezvous Beach and Ideal Beach. But the best one, North Beach, is on the Idaho side. But for the sake of this blog post, we'll claim it as Utah's own! Lots of people call it the "Caribbean of the Rockies" for its deep turquoise hues.
2. Lake Powell
Because Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir that basically filled in a bunch of sandstone canyons with a ton of water, the shores are dotted with hundreds of nameless sandy beaches only accessible by houseboat. But on the Utah side, Lone Rock Beach near Wahweap Marina is easily accessible. We drove our minivan right up onto the beach and enjoyed a nice day in the sand! It does get a bit deep in some areas, so be careful to not get stuck if you don't have AWD or 4WD.
Bonus tip: Besides Lake Powell, Arizona actually has a lot of cool lakes and rivers. Check out this post for the best places to paddleboard and kayak in Arizona.
1. Sand Hollow State Park
It is no coincidence that the top beach in Utah has the word "sand" in its name! San Hollow in St. George has some great beaches along the south shore thanks to some huge sand dunes that are popular with the OHV/UTV crowd. The red sand is fine and powdery soft and on a calm day the water is crystal clear.
Who would have thought Utah beaches would give California and Florida a run for their money?
Now get out there, beaches.
And don't forget to pick up a paddleboard from JJ's Paddleboards on your way.