Bear Lake State Park

Bear Lake is often called the Caribbean of the Rockies for its intense turquoise-blue water.

Look no further. Bear Lake Valley is an amazing destination for the whole family! We are known for our incredible lake. At 109 miles around and at 200 feet deep. We call it the “Caribbean of the Rockies”, it sits in the middle of the valley surrounded by the most amazing mountains!Read more...


The state park offers a developed marina with paved boat ramps and boat slips. In addition, there are boat ramps at several other places around the lake.

Fall Time is here and It’s a great time to visit! The weather is perfect for a hike or mountain bike at one of the area's many trails. Our mountains have trails for everyone to enjoy. Some of our most popular are Bloomington Lake a mile hike into another amazing lake. You can fish, kayak, or swim in this lake surrounded by pines, mountains, and cliffs. Another trail is Limber Pine. A mile loop hike with views of Bear Lake. Surrounded by pine trees and aspens. On this trail you will find over a 2000-year-old limber pine.

If you're more of a scenic drive kind of person there are some amazing byways all over the valley! Take a relaxing drive around the lake or a drive along the highlighted areas where our ancestors crossed. Along the way you will find many historical places you must see! Like the Paris Tabernacle. Built in 1889 this building stands tall surrounded by beautiful grounds which you can explore.

Looking for fun on the water?! Sure thing! Stop at one of our beaches around the lake. Set up and relax! Want to play on the water? Our lake is filled with some amazing fish! So don’t forget your fishing gear!

After a long day you may need a place to rest your head. We have many places across the valley to stay and enjoy! From Hotels to personal cabins. We also have fabulous places to eat and shop in the valley! Most are locally owned businesses, so they have that cozy feel to them! So make your way over to Bear Lake Valley and enjoy a piece of paradise!

Main Attractions

Beautiful lake ideal for boating, water skiing, swimming, sailing, fishing and famous raspberry shakes
Very nice developed campgrounds adjacent to the lake


On the Utah/Idaho border, north of the town of Logan
Approximately 145 miles northeast of Salt Lake City
The State Park Marina is located on Highway 89, north of Garden City

Contact Information

Bear Lake State Park
1030 N Bear Lake Blvd
Garden City, UT 84028
(435) 946-3343

Seasons/Open Hours

Open 8 am to 10 pm year-round

Entrance Fees

$15 per day per vehicle ($20 on Saturdays and Holidays from June through Labor Day)
$10 per day for Utah seniors 62+ ($15 on Saturdays and Holidays from June through Labor Day)
$75 annual day-use pass
$35 Senior Adventure (annual) pass



Travel Tips



The Bear Lake Valley was first inhabited by Shoshone Tribes, then fur trappers. Between 1825 & 1840, many mountain men and Native Americans met on the south end of the lake to swap goods and stories! These meetings became known as mountain man rendezvous.

The first permanent settler to the Bear Lake Valley was reportedly Thomas Pegleg Smith, a crusty, one-legged, ex-mountain man. During the 1840s, he set up a trading post to provide supplies to the emigrants on the famous Oregon Trail. Early Latter-day Saint pioneer leader Brigham Young sent the first group of permanent settlers to Bear Lake Valley in 1863. This group was led by Charles C. Rich. The County bears his name.

Basic Information

Elevation: 5,923 ft.
Length: 20 miles
Width: 8 miles
Shoreline: 48 miles
Surface: 112 sq. miles
Depth: 208 ft.
Volume: 6.5 million acre feet


Water skiing and wakeboarding
Ice fishing
Wildlife watching
Special events
Snowmobiling nearby
ATV trails nearby


Bear Lake Golf Course
Garden City, Utah 84028
Enjoy a challenging 9 hole mountain golf course, with a beautiful view of Bear Lake.

Bear Lake West Golf Course
Fish Haven, Idaho 83287
9-hole course, carts, club rentals, lessons, restaurant and lounge overlooking Bear Lake.

Montpelier City Municipal Golf Course
Montpelier, Idaho 83254
9-hole course, carts, club rentals, driving range, and lessons available.


Birch Campground: $25/night (full hookups)
Big Creek Campground: $25/night (full hookups)
Cottonwood Campground: $16/night
South Eden Campground: $10/night (primitive)
Most RV sites are back-in. There are some pull-throughs for vehicles up to 80 feet
Group sites are available for day use and overnight camping

Camping Reservations

800-322-3770 (toll-free from outside the Salt Lake City area)
801-322-3770 (from within the Salt Lake City area)


Visitor Center
Boat ramps
Boat rentals
Group sites
Picnic sites
Modern restrooms


Things to Do

General Information

  • Travel Bureau Information

    Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

    69 N. Paradise Parkway
    Bldg. A
    Garden City, UT 84028
    Visit website

    Cache Valley Visitors Bureau

    199 N Main St.
    Logan, UT 84321
    Visit website

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