Hoop Lake is a popular fishing and camping spot in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in the Uinta Mountains. The high-elevation lake, located at 9,226 feet, also provides access to a number of trails in the area.
- HAB Cyanobacteria Cell Count (September 26, 2017, Excel)
Update October 4, 2017
The Division of Water Quality (DWQ) collected a sample at the Hoop Lake shoreline on September 26, 2017, after observing what appeared to be an algal bloom. Sample results showed toxigenic cyanobacteria cell-count concentrations of 720,782,644 cells per milliliter (cells/ml). Aphanizomenon, a potential toxin producer for microcystin, anatoxin-a, and cylindrospermopsin, was the only toxigenic cyanobacteria genus found in the sample.
Toxin testing by the Utah Public Health Lab found 0.09 micrograms per liter (µ/L) of microcystin in the sample. Toxin testing by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) found 2.1 µ/L of anatoxin-a in the same sample.
DWQ estimates that the cyanobacteria bloom covers less than one percent of the lake. Colder weather in recent weeks has likely increased ice-cover on the lake .