Lack of water forcing boats to be removed from Great Salt Lake

Posted at 1:28 PM, Apr 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-24 15:28:23-04

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah - Sailboats are being pulled from the Great Salt Lake Marina Friday because there isn't enough water.

Officials said water levels in the lake just aren't high enough to accommodate sailboats but they have a plan.

Crews are moving the boats so State Park crews can start the dredging project.

Authorities said the boats will be stored in the parking lot.

The owners will have to wait at least a year to get back out on the Great Salt Lake, that is if water levels improve.

Boaters said they are happy lawmakers signed off on $3 million to fund the dredging project this fall at the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake marinas.

"It'll be nice when it's back," boat owner Doug Smith said. "It's a great place to sail, one of the best in the country. Believe me, I've sailed a lot of places."

State Park officials said they probably would have been able to keep the boats in the marina if Utah had a better snow year.

Officials said, right now, the level is about 18 feet below water and is continuing to drop.