Bear Lake State Park

Bear Lake State Park
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Bear Lake State Park is nestled along the shoreline of Bear Lake's natural 20-mile-long and eight-mile-wide bank. The lake's beautiful, placid waters perfectly match the tranquil pace of the quaint towns that dot the shore. The northern half is located in Idaho and the southern half in Utah with the state lines dividing it. The turquoise color of the lake comes from the mineral calcium carbonate. The vibrant waters have led some people to call it the “Caribbean of the Rockies.”

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About Bear Lake State Park

On the western shore of Bear Lake, just north of Garden City and about an hour from Logan, is Bear Lake State Park and Marina. Bear Lake’s beauty along with the marina’s facilities and beaches makes it an ideal place for boating, fishing, playing and camping. Away from the lake, more than 100 miles of trails allow hikers, bikers and ATV fans to adventure to their hearts’ content. Read about the five best hikes in Bear Lake Valley.

In the winter, the Bear Lake area transforms into a snowy adventureland, headlined by ice fishing and snowmobiling, and the Bear Lake Monster Winterfest. Learn more about fishing at Bear Lake, featured as one of Utah's best winter refreshes.

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Entry Fee & Camping

Day-use entry fee required, purchase in-person or online. The Annual Utah State Park Pass is accepted for park entry.

Rendezvous Beach at Bear Lake State Park offers individual and group campsites and hook-ups. The Eastside areas include four primitive campgrounds, where some campsites can be reserved, but others are first-come, first-served. Advance camping reservations are recommended.

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Things to Do at Bear Lake State Park

Things to Do Near Bear Lake State Park

Pickleville Playhouse

The Pickleville Playhouse is located in the heart of Garden City, one of the many charming Utah towns that share the shoreline of Bear Lake. The playhouse is known for family-friendly live entertainment during the summer months, and hosts a variety of quirky productions every year. Showgoers can enjoy dinner before or after the live performances at the Pickleville Grill.

Famous Bear Lake Raspberry Shakes

Bear Lake’s world-famous raspberry milkshakes are an integral part of any visit to Bear Lake. Crafted by blending locally-sourced raspberries with ice cream, these delectable shakes offer an unforgettable experience for the taste buds. They are so beloved that they’ve even been featured in The New York Times. While lots of restaurants around Garden City offer these frothy creations, LaBeau’s Drive-In, a local burger restaurant, holds a special place in the hearts of locals.

Bear Lake Golf Course

While in Garden City, visitors can hit the links on the Bear Lake Golf Course: a 9-hole golf course with cool air and a spectacular view of Bear Lake’s turquoise waters. It’s not uncommon for golfers to spot moose and other Utah wildlife while enjoying this course. Bear Lake Golf Course offers over 3,000 yards of golf, and is a welcoming spot even for beginners.

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