- The Great Salt Lake. All photos by author (Nikki Cleveland)
Find Great Places to Camp and Visit in Utah’s Great Salt Lake
Antelope Island is the largest island on the Great Salt Lake of Utah. It is preserved as a state park with beautiful hiking and biking trails, campgrounds, beach access, and even a small restaurant. The island makes the perfect camping destination just a stone’s throw away from the famous lakeshore.
Where is Antelope Island State Park?
Antelope Island can easily be reached by vehicle. It is located in northwestern Utah, just 2 hours northwest of Salt Lake City, and accessible via a scenic 7-mile road that connects to the mainland.
Camping on Antelope Island
Camping is available year-round on Antelope Island. The park has 3 campgrounds: Bridger Bay, Ladyfinger, and White Rock Bay Campground. A lakeside group site that accommodates up to 20 vehicles is available as well.
Bridger Bay Campground
Bridger Bay Campground has 26 RV sites that are all nicely spaced. All sites are dry camping only (no water or electricity) and include a shade structure, picnic table, and fire pit. Water is available nearby at Bridger Bay Beach, the dump station, and Visitor Center.
It is highly rated on RV LIFE Campgrounds with an average 8.5 rating.
According to a recent review,
“This is a phenomenal campground. Paved roads, huge sites with a paved landing pad, covered cement patio with a picnic table, grill, table, fire pit, and gorgeous views of the lake and mountains. We had no problem navigating with our 40’ motor home. There are paths to walk down to the lake. Wildlife wanders through the campground. There are plenty of places to hike, bicycle, or drive around in the State Park to see the wildlife and scenery. We can’t wait to come back.”
- Views from Bridger Bay Campground. Photo by author
Though they do not have hookups or luxurious amenities, the camping fees are hard to beat at just $20 a night. Bridger Bay Campground is within walking distance of the lakeshore and just a short drive from the park’s many trails.
White Rock Bay Campground
White Rock Bay Campground has 20 group sites for tents or self-contained RVs. They also have 2 equestrian sites available. The rates for this campground are still just $40 a night.
Ladyfinger Campground is a small, 5-site loop for tents only. The sites are hike-in with no water or electricity and are also just $20 a night.
Eat at Island Buffalo Grill
If you don’t feel like cooking, check out the on-site restaurant, Island Buffalo Grill near Bridger Bay Beach. They serve burgers and fries (including a vegetarian option) along with other meals like grilled cheese and chicken sandwiches.
- Island Buffalo Grill – Photo by author
Go HIking on Antelope Island
Antelope Island has over 45 miles of trails for hiking and biking. The Lakeside Trail connects the Bridger Bay and White Rock Bay Campgrounds and provides beautiful views of the lake.
The Buffalo Point Trail is short but steep and leads up to a panoramic viewpoint. The surrounding mountain ranges add even more grandeur to the landscape.
- Views of the Great Salt Lake from the top of Buffalo Point Trail. Photo by author
Watch for bison
Antelope Island is well known for its large herd of wild bison that roam the island. During our visit, we spotted several bison along the roads and with the help of our compact Nocs binoculars, we were able to watch one passing near our campsite from a safe distance.
- Bison on Antelope Island. Photo by author
Plan your visit to Antelope Island
Make sure you plan your route to Antelope Island with the RV LIFE Pro tools. You can not only get RV-safe GPS directions but also read campground reviews and find other points of interest in the area you’re traveling.