"What is the salt content compared to the ocean? Is there more or less salt than the oceans?"
*The largest U.S. lake west of the Mississippi River
*The 4th largest terminal lake (no outlet) in the world
*A remnant of Lake Bonneville, a prehistoric freshwater lake that was 10 times larger than GSL
*About 75 miles long, and 28 miles wide, and covers 1,700 square miles
*Has a maximum depth of about 35 feet
*Typically 3 to 5 times saltier than the ocean
*Fish free, the largest aquatic critters are brine shrimp and brine flies
*One of the largest migratory bird magnets in Western North America
"Do people really use it for recreation?"
Actually, there is a fairly large sailing contingent (for Utah, anyway) that uses the lake for boating. Also, there is a freshwater apendage to the lake called Willard Bay. It's a popular place for waterskiing and fishing.