Sevier Lake ( ) is an
intermittent and endorheic lake which lies
in the lowest part of the Sevier
County, Utah. Like Great Salt Lake and Utah
Lake, it is one of the largest remnants of Lake Bonneville which covered much of the state in prehistoric times.
Map of the Sevier Lake drainage
Sevier Lake is fed
primarily by the Beaver
and has been mostly dry
throughout recorded history.
The first recorded observation was in 1872, which stated that the
lake's surface area was 188 square miles, salinity was measured at
86 parts per thousand, two and a half times that of the ocean, and
maximum depth was 15 feet. In January 1880 the lake was nearly dry,
and had been so for the past one or two years. The Sevier River
which once flowed to the lake is now largely diverted for
irrigation. In 1987 however, the lake was again similar to the
recorded description of 1872.
As a dry lake bed, Sevier is one of the sources of wind-blown dust
in dust storms
that frequently sweep the
The name of the lake has changed over time. The Dominguez-Escalante
named it "Laguna de Miera" after a cartographer on
their 1776 expedition. In 1825, William Henry Ashley
region, and Jedediah Smith
after him, the Ashley Lake. On some maps, it was named after
in the mid 1800s.
Today, it is named after the river, which is derived from "Rio
Severo" (wild river), a local name given by early Spanish