Utah State Parks Blog

Great Salt Lake Floating Festival & World Record Attempt

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

Floating in the Great Salt Lake

GREAT SALT LAKE STATE PARK — For more than 80 years, from the late 19th century to the latter half of the 20th, the Great Salt Lake was a world-renowned tourist destination. Much like the Dead Sea today, locals and tourists alike would flock to its saline waters to experience the sensation of floating.

We hope to revitalize and spread appreciation for this unique body of water with a special event on Saturday, June 8, 2019. We invite everyone to join us at the Great Saltair as we try to set the world record for the largest number of people floating, unassisted, in a line at one time.

Argentina is the home of the current record. In 2017, 1,941 people floated on the surface of the saline Lake Epecuen (western Buenos Aires province). This is the number to beat.

Evidence of the achievement will be submitted in accordance with the standards of Guinness World Records.

The Great Salt Lake

Why June? This is the perfect month to get in the Great Salt Lake. Water levels will still be comparatively high after the snow runoff, air temperatures will be warm, and the water will be refreshing — usually around 75-degrees at that time of year. Thunderstorms are rare, with the spring rains ending and the summer monsoons yet to hit. Most importantly, the brine flies usually aren’t out yet in great numbers

Please note: This event will take place at the Great Saltair, instead of the Great Salt Lake Marina. Saltair’s parking lot will provide ample space for everyone participating. The restrooms, food concessions, and gift shop will be open. Utah State Parks will be providing water  – both for drinking and rinsing off afterward.

Whether you are a Utah local, a tourist passing through, or just looking for something new to try, we hope to see you there!

The event will be free of charge. Entrance fees at Great Salt Lake State Park will also be waived for the day.

For more information, contact Great Salt Lake State Park at 801-828-0787.

The Great Salt Lake

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