The Jordan River received its name because of the characteristics it shares with the Jordan River in Israel. The Jordan River in Israel flows south from the Sea of Galilee (a freshwater inland sea) to the Dead Sea (an inland saline sea). Here in Utah, the Jordan River flows north from Utah Lake into the Great Salt Lake. It has a length of 51 miles and passes through Utah and Salt Lake counties.
Thirteen tributaries flow into the Jordan River.
Utah Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the western US. It spans an area of 148.4 square miles and has a mean depth of 10'6". It is a popular place for fishing and water sport recreation.
Salt Lake County
Aproximately 900 miles of streams flow through the county including the Jordan River and all of its tributaries.
Though mountainous areas remain mostly uninhabitated, the watersheds require strong protection from stream alterations and high level of recreation. The protections minimize the effects of human activities on the watershed and water quality.
Counties in this Watershed