Master Plan

The Utah Lake Master Plan is an archived plan that has been updated and replaced by the Utah Lake Management Plan, which is updated yearly. 

The Utah Lake Master Plan was completed after a lengthy planning process which included Commission members, lake stakeholders, and the public.  It was adopted on Friday, June 26, 2009. The following links can be used to download the document and its appendices.

2.1 Master Plan Area Map

2.4 Management Classifications


Maps referenced in Appendix B can be accessed here.




  1. Lyle Hillier

    I liked the optimism of the “so long, carp” video, however it leaves me with this thought: how many carp were originally introduced into Utah Lake way back when? It couldn’t have been very many. You can fish until your are blue in the face and if you leave a breeding pair (2 fish) you are trapped in a hopeless cycle; the same cycle we are in now. What is your long term plan to keep the carp populations in check?

    • Great question. The goal of the carp removal program is to reduce the carp population to the point where submerged aquatic vegetation can thrive in the lake, a reduction of roughly 75% of the 2010 population. We do not believe that complete eradication of carp from Utah Lake is currently possible. Once that level is reached our population models indicate that some level of removal will be necessary to keep the population in check. Based on reproduction rates, we would need to remove around 150,000 pounds of carp every three years. There are a variety of mechanisms to accomplish this “maintenance” removal, including required removal by commercial fishing operators or removal through the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

  2. Hello.

    I’ve seen a website which suggests that fish like carp are excellent fertilizer if processed properly. However, I have been told that the fish in Utah Lake are contaminated with various chemicals and should not be used as fertilizer or eaten. Is that true?

  3. Hey Reed

    Its been quite some time that this project was taken up.Do you have any update on this project?

  4. Seems to me that the bigger issue is the lack of depth. This limits recreation and keeps the water murky. Has there been any discussion about dredging and deepening sections of the lake? At lake Elsinore in California, the town installed aeration devices to further improve the quality of the water.

  5. David Adams

    Where may I find the 1983 lake compromise details. I would like to read a summary of the compromise agreement.

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