The bed of Utah Lake below the established boundary settlement lines is sovereign land and is managed by the Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands (FFSL). As the third largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River, Utah Lake has become a premier destination for boating, sailing, windsurfing, birding, fishing and many other uses. As trustee, FFSL strives for an appropriate balance between compatible and competing uses specified in statute and policy, while ensuring that uses protected under the Public Trust Doctrine have primacy. FFSL understands the management of Utah Lake must include coordination in planning and actions with other regulatory agencies with jurisdictional responsibility over these resources.
Utah Lake is a focal point of natural resource systems that contribute to the environmental health, economic prosperity, and quality of life of area residents and visitors. Through collaborative restoration, protection and sustainable use efforts, the lake and its multiple-use amenities are fully recognized and enjoyed by current and future generations. Utah Lake is managed by FFSL under the Utah Lake Master Plan (Comprehensive Management Plan).