Bear Lake State Park Summer Activites
Bear Lake Summer/Fall Activities
Bear Lake has 70,000 acres of turquoise blue water. The lake is so large, you feel as if you have it all to yourselves. This resort area is known for excellent boating, sailing, water-skiing and wakeboarding. Numerous boat ramps are located around the lake, to make launching your boat a breeze. Idaho and Utah State Parks run some of the marinas around the lake. Bear Lake State Park Marina has a 7-lane boat ramp. See the Bear Lake map for boat ramp locations.
Jet skis and waverunners are popular water fun on the lake. They can be rented at the marina and right on the beach.
Swimming off sandy beaches is fun for the whole family. Be sure to bring a sun umbrella, a picnic lunch and beach toys!
Boating is popular on this large lake. The lake is 20 miles long and 8 miles wide, providing space and calm water for all types of watercraft.
Water-skiing and wakeboarding are favorite sports on the lake. You don't have to worry about riding across the wake of another boat. Plenty of room and no crowds!
Hundreds of miles of trails connecting Idaho and Utah provide all levels of riding. The Shoshone ATV Trail System and the surrounding canyons make for a challenging ride with plenty of fresh air in an unreal setting.
Sailing has always been a popular sport on the lake. A gentle breeze generally rolls off the lake in the early afternoons. Glide on the lake and enjoy one of its spectacular sunsets.
Camping & Picnicking
Over 500 campgrounds are dotted around the lake offering a range of sites, from tent to full hook-up (many also have electricity, water and even showers). Picnic tables and restrooms are available at the state park beaches.
Bear Lake is renowned as a trophy, cutthroat trout fishery where the Idaho State Record cutthroat of 19 lbs. was caught. Lake trout (Mackinaw) also inhabit the lake and can exceed 30 lbs. Trolling and jigging from boats can be done throughout the year (winter and spring months being the most productive). Four species are unique to Bear Lake: the Bonneville cisco; the Bear Lake whitefish; the Bonneville whitefish; and the Bear Lake sculpin.
You can golf three seasons of the year in the Bear Lake Valley: spring, summer and fall. Perfect temperatures make for a perfect day of golf. The golf courses are located on scenic hillsides, with spectacular views of the lake. Courses have reasonable green fees and challenging holes.
Trails in nearby Logan Canyon wind through the high mountain wilderness area. Just minutes from Bear Lake, you can be astride a horse and a million miles from home. As you ride through the picturesque canyon trails, enjoy nature and the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains.
Hiking, Cycling, & Mountain Biking
As spring makes its way into Bear Lake, early leaves and flowers welcome you as you ride or walk a lake or mountain trail. Temperatures are mild, even during the middle of the summer, so hiking is pleasant. The fall months of September and October are some of the prettiest and most scenic with the brightly colored leaves and the tranquility of the lake. The canyons on the west side of Bear Lake offer challenging and fun trails through mountain wilderness.
The Bear Lake Scenic Bike Trail
The Bear Lake Scenic Bike Trail A 4.2 mile paved tail from the Utah State Marina to Ideal Beach.
Garden City Park Walkway
A raised wooden walkway to the lake located at the Garden City Park. Interpretive signs tell the story of the lake and surrounding area.
Limber Pine Trail
A relaxing one-mile loop to the 2,000 year old limber pine.
Bloomington Lake Trail
Drive or hike via a rough, unpaved road. This small glacial lake is located in a spectacular setting of cliffs and waterfalls. During the summer, wildflower surround this clear mountain lake.
A 55-mile trail accessible from Bloomington Canyon, Paris Canyon, Emigration Canyon and Logan Canyon. Open to hiking, horseback riding, motor bikes and mountain bikes.
Bird Watching/Wildlife Viewing
The Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located on the north shore of Bear Lake. Over 18,050 acres of marsh, open water and grasslands have been dedicated to preserving bird and wildlife habitats. The reserve is home to sandhill cranes, herons, snowy egret, white pelicans, Canada geese and a variety of waterfowl. The Refuge has one of the largest white-faced ibis production areas in the western U.S. Walking trails take you to view the birds and other wildlife found at the refuge.
As you drive around the lake, don't be surprised if you see deer in the early spring sampling the fresh green leaves and foliage. Perhaps you may spot a moose knee-high in the turquoise water or see trumpeter swans and pelicans floating on the lake. Bring along your binoculars and see what you can spot!
Minnetonka Cave is a fascinating 9-room cave of stalactites, stalagmites and banded travertine. Don't miss one of the most striking stalactites in the cave, called the Bride, known for its lacy appearance. Three stalagmites, over 10 feet high, have diameters of nearly four feet. Enjoy a 90-minute, half-mile walk into this beautiful cave. Be prepared for the 400 steps up and down in the cave and bring a jacket, since the cave is cool (40° year round). The road is paved to the mouth of the cave.
The harvest of the delicious raspberry crop during August brings tourists from all across the U.S. and the world to sample these succulent treats. Come join in the festivities the first weekend of August with craft booths, parade, rodeo and fireworks. Treat yourself to a famous Bear Lake raspberry shake all summer long!
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