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  • The Bear River rises in the Eastern Mountains, a chain toward the south, goes in a semi-circle first northward, then down northwestwardly and empties into the Great Salt Lake (also called Lake Bonneville).


  • The flats have been around since Lake Bonneville dried up 14,000 years ago.

    Racers at Bonneville Salt Flats Pepper Potash Firm With Complaints

  • The ancestral lake, Lake Bonneville, was about 20 times the size of the present one, and traces of its shoreline can be seen on the surrounding mountains at elevations up to 1,000 feet (300 meters) above the present surface.

    Travel Guide: the Watery Wonders in the U.S.A.

  • It is internally-drained and was inundated by Lake Bonneville unlike Ecoregion 80i.

    Ecoregions of Idaho (EPA)

  • We pulled off at the Saltair exit, having already driven past several points of geologic interest - especially tufa-covered notches cut by ancient Lake Bonneville.

    Road Trip

  • Besides Bear Lake, which was never submerged by Lake Bonneville, only two relatively large lakes in the basin—Utah Lake and Panguitch Lake—had native cutthroat trout, and the cutthroat trout of both became extinct by the 1930s.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • After the disappearance of Lake Bonneville, Utah Lake became the sole site where the most ancient fish species of the basin persisted—a highly specialized species of sucker of the genus Chasmistes.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • Fed by the Provo River, Utah Lake presently 32 miles/51 km away from Great Salt Lake maintained a continuous freshwater lacustrine environment after Lake Bonneville desiccated.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • The largest of the Great Basin lakes, Lake Bonneville had a maximum surface area of about 20,000 square miles 51,800 sq km, slightly smaller than the present Lake Huron, but the cutthroat trout native to the Lahontan basin had a considerably longer period of time to evolve in a large lake environment than did the Bonneville cutthroat.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • The Snake Valley section of the Bonneville basin was connected to Lake Bonneville only during the period of the highest lake level.

    Trout and Salmon of North America


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