Utah Lake Ice Formations

Field Trips
Jan 21, 2023 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Ice Picture 2

Ice Formations on Utah Lake: One of the really cool features of Utah Lake is the ice stacks. These are created when the waves from the lake push ice chunks up on shore in a pile. It's sort of like drift wood, but much less permanent. Plenty of opportunity for unique shots with incredible lighting if Mother Nature cooperates.
We are meeting at Utah Lake State Park, which is near the Provo Airport, at 3:30 PM on January 21st. Once inside the gate, watch for a large, round, white painted buoy with 15 mph painted on it. Park west of the buoy and look for Dawn in a silver blue Ford Escape. There is an entry fee of $10/vehicle and there is self pay station at the gate. Information on the park can be found here https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/utah-lake/ . Consider an annual State Park pass (purchase before meeting at the Park) for more opportunities for shooting locations throughout the year.

What to expect: Ice along the shoreline, fisherman, birds (maybe Bald Eagles) and hopefully pretty light. There is an airport close by so there will be low flying planes. Keep your fingers crossed for a pretty sunset. Also expect winter weather conditions. The distance to the shooting areas is short, so not much walking is required, although there is plenty to explore.

What to bring: lenses of all focal lengths, plenty of extra batteries (the cold will zap them), sunglasses, tripod, and a camera bag to protect your gear from the elements. Also consider bringing something that you can lie on to take ground level shots. Safety considerations: you may be walking on ice, so wear warm shoes/boots with good traction (maybe ice cleats?). Be prepared with warm winter clothing, which will include mittens/gloves, hand warmers, insulated or windproof pants, warm socks, and a hat. The park is exposed and may be windy. Bring plenty to drink and a snack. There is a vault toilet available.

On site contact info: Dawn Griffith @ 801-503-7400