Utah Lake is Utah’s largest freshwater lake. It’s popular for swimming and boating in summer, and for hockey and ice fishing in winter. Although there’s no classic ‘lake loop’, there are several good running options in the area, affording some nice lake views with the mountains as a backdrop. Note: not a lot of trees around here. The routes are open and exposed.
Utah Lake State Park. A popular park and camping area, there’s a nice run combining two jetties with great lake views, and the paved, 3-mile Utah Lake Shore Line trail. The jetties and full trail combine for a ~7 mile run. Utah Lake State Park is also the southern terminus of the Provo River Parkway Trail. ROUTE MAP
Shore Line Trail North. Located 9 miles north of Utah State Park, the Shore Line Trail heads north for 2.4 miles, through Sunset Beach Park to Vineyard Beach, then making a nice 1.4 mile loop around a small interior lake. There’s a 0.5 mile on-road connection. Overall route is ~6 miles. ROUTE MAP
Lincoln Beach Rd. Located 21 miles south of Utah Lake, Lincoln Beach Rd. is nice road for running — fairly quiet with some good views of the lake. Heading south along the road, it’s 3 miles to Mulberry Beach, 5.5 miles to Goosepoint North (public access point), 6.5 miles to Goosepoint South, and 8 miles to Tower View Point. Note: Open and exposed, no shoulder. ROUTE MAP
Airport Loop. The Provo airport is located next to Utah Lake State Park. A popular running route is the 7 mile loop around the airport road, S Airport Dike Rd. & Aviation Rd. No real lake views, but a good, long flat run with views of airplanes taking off and landing, and the surrounding mountains. ROUTE MAP