Bear Lake is a natural freshwater lake on the Idaho–Utah border in the Western United States. About 109 square miles (280 km2) in size , it is split about equally between the two states; its Utah portion comprises the second-largest natural freshwater lake in Utah, after Utah Lake .
Gates open 7:00 am until 10:00 pm. Quiet Hours10:00 pm until 7:00 am. Bear Lake Fun.
This state park charges a $6 entrance fee , and you can drive right onto the beach. Just back your car in, set up the shade, and dive in.
Bear Lake is known for its turquoise waters and while it’s not the Caribbean, the lake’s minerals color the water a spectacular blue in parts. For family friendly beaches, head to Bear Lake State Park’s North Beach on the Idaho side and Rendezvous Beach near Laketown on the Utah side.
My family traveled to Laketown, Utah which is just a couple of miles from Rendezvous Beach at Bear Lake . Bear Lake is beautiful and there is no shortage of little town stores and cafes that serve the famous Raspberry shakes.
If you have the gear and some spectacular swimming ability, you can explore the bottom of Bear Lake yourself.
Jet skis and wave runners are popular water fun on the lake . They can be rented at locations in Garden City, Utah and Paris, Idaho, some right on the beach. Swimming off the nice, gentle beaches of Bear Lake is fun for the whole family. Be sure to bring a sun umbrella, a picnic lunch and a beach ball!
Originally Bear Lake was called Black Bear Lake by Donald Mackenzie, explorer for the North West Fur Company who discovered it in 1819 while scouting for fur-bearing animals, largely beaver, to satisfy urban demand for hats. The name was later changed to Bear Lake .
While circumnavigating the approximately 50-mile loop around Bear Lake , add in the scenic climb to the Minnetonka Cave. This is an out-and-back paved road up Minnetonka Cave Road from the town of St. Charles, Idaho, and is about 10 miles of steady 2 to 4 percent grades, with the last 2 miles being closer to 6 percent.
Today, you have multiple cell sites on each side of the lake and your 3g coverage there should be great (just like the coverage locator shows). Verizon just recently activated another new cell site near Fish Haven on the Idaho side of the lake . Enjoy your time there , your service will be good.
Big Bear Lake is much bigger in surface area but much more shallow than Lake Arrowhead . Big Bear’s lake is just over 3000 acres in area and has a maximum depth of 72 feet while Lake Arrowhead is 782 acres with a maximum depth of 185 feet.
The trailhead is seven miles west of Bear Lake on Highway 89, the road that takes you into Logan Canyon. It’s even possible to road bike all the way around the lake , a distance of about 50 miles.
Bonneville cisco Bonneville whitefish Bear Lake whitefish Bear Lake sculpin