Fremont Island

Photo credit: Charles Uibel

Historically, Fremont Island has been privately owned by different groups or individuals. In 2020, the land was donated by a private donor to the State of Utah, Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands. Although the island is managed as public, the Nature Conservancy holds a conservation easement designed to protect the land from development or damage. Public access is allowed and there are some rules for visitors.

There are 3 ways to access Fremont Island:
  1. Boating to the island is the preferred method for visiting. The nearest access is about 6 miles to the south at the marina at Antelope Island State Park (AISP). Water levels on the Great Salt Lake fluctuate and when water is low, access is more difficult. Most of the time, the water depth near Fremont Island is only 1-2 feet. Boats that are not flat-bottomed are not advised. Kayaking or rowing to the island is a potentially dangerous activity as weather can become a hazard without warning on the lake. *Note, that using the causeway does cost $15 for vehicles and $3 for bicycles.

  2. Motorized vehicles are strictly prohibited on the lake bed and on the island (criminal penalties and fines start at $600) but walking or bicycling to the island is possible by crossing a sandbar that leads from the island’s southern tip to the Antelope Island Causeway. This 6-mile route across the lakebed is potentially wet and/or muddy and there are areas that may look like dry ground, but are actually quicksand. No parking is permitted on the causeway, so those wishing to cross on the sandbar must either depart from the parking areas near the AISP entrance gate or from the marina. *Note, that using the causeway does cost $15 for vehicles and $3 for bicycles.

  3. It is possible to fly to Fremont Island, but aircraft are not permitted to land on Fremont Island without written permission from the Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands.
WARNINGS:
  • Visiting Fremont Island is a serious undertaking and potentially dangerous. 
  • Take plenty of drinking water as clean drinking water is not available on the island. 
  • Cellular phone coverage on the island is not reliable.
  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. 
  • Wildlife, including coyotes, are found on the island, do not approach any animals.
  • Due to the remoteness of the location, emergency services would take considerable time to reach anyone in need of help.
Rules for Visitors:
  • No fires of any kind are permitted
  • No fireworks or explosive items
  • No discharge of firearms or hunting
  • No camping or other overnight use
  • Taking any plant, mineral, wildlife, or any other objects is prohibited
  • No motorized vehicles
  • No items such as geocaches, land art, etc may be placed on the island
  • Commercial guided tours are allowed through a permit
  • Any commercial filming or photography must be permitted

For information on permits for aviation or for commercial uses, please call 801-538-5418

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