I have been out to Antelope Island so many times I have lost count. It's one of my favorite places to visit. I have done a few hikes out there, as well as bike rides. Mostly though, I go out there to take pictures of the wildlife. The island abounds in wildlife, but most aren't really very wild. I can approach most of them quite close, and get some great photos.
Antelope Island is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, and is about 4.5 miles wide and 15 miles long. It is reached by driving out along a 7 mile causeway from the mainland. Activities include saltwater bathing, bird watching, camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, sunbathing, exploring historical sites, and photography.
It is a great place for viewing wildlife in its natural habitat, which includes a herd of more than 700 bison, 800 deer, 200 antelope, 150 bighorn sheep, many coyotes, a few bobcats, lots of rabbits, all kinds of shorebirds, and some waterfowl. I don't want to mislead you though, you might not see any wildlife at all. One day I may see all kinds of creatures, the next time maybe one or two Bison, or nothing.
View of Antelope Island from Mount Ogden
The pictures that I have posted here in these pages have been gathered over many years and at different times of the year. Mostly I go out in the winter time when the animals come down from the higher country.
The Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River. At the normal level of the Great Salt Lake it is 75 miles long and 35 miles wide. A slight rise in water level expands the surface area of the lake considerably. The lake level has varied by as much as 20 feet in height, shifting the shoreline in some places as much as 15 miles.
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View of the Island from the causeway
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To visit Antelope Island, Take Exit 332 from Interstate 15 at Layton Utah, then drive west on Antelope Drive for 7 miles to the park entrance, then another 7 miles across a narrow causeway to the island. You have to have a Utah State Park Pass, or buy a daily pass at the gate. One day, $10 per vehicle. For Utah senior residents, one day $5. Cyclists and Pedestrians pay $3. If using or buying a state pass, there is an extra charge for driving the causeway. A $3 fee ($2 causeway fee administered by Davis County, and a $1 wildlife management fee) is charged per vehicle upon entry to the park. The price for State Pass (annual) is $75 (causeway pass is separate). Senior Adventure Pass (annual) is $35.
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There are other pages about Antelope Island,
Elephant Head and 2 Frary Peak hikes, 2003 and 2006
Elephant Head 2004
Frary Peak 2003
Frary Peak 2006
The photos shown for this hike were taken with many different cameras. The earliest was an Olympus C-2500L SLR Digital
2.5 Megapixel Camera, with 3x optical zoom. Since then I have used my Canon EF 20D, 40D, 60D, with lenses up to 500 mm, and many wide angle shots with several Canon PowerShot Pocket Cameras.
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