More than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot on the southern shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea.

The massive lake, key to the state's economy and identity, is skirting record-low levels after years of below-average precipitation and record heat.

A few dozen lawmakers are taking a road trip Thursday and Friday to see the problems firsthand and learn what they can do to help — besides praying for more rain and snow this winter.

They're scheduled to visit miles of exposed lake bed, a nearly empty marina with a few beached boats and a factory where brine shrimp are culled from the lake's waters and used as fish food all over the world.