World's Best Raspberry Shakes.nnBear LakennBear Lake's blue waters are referred to as the "Caribbean of the Rockies."nnBear Lake is a freshwater lake that sits at 5,924 feet and is split right down the middle by the Utah and Idaho state border. Bear Lake is known for its scrumptious raspberries, remarkable blue waters, and year round recreational opportunities. Bear Lake is an incredible getaway with a variety of lodging options, a day by the water, or a spectacular view after a scenic drive through Logan Canyon. nnFEATURED DESTINATIONnnARTICLESnnUTAH MADEnnITINERARIESnnVIDEOSnnHISTORY
Some of Bear Lake’s first occupants were Shoshone tribes. It is recorded that there were French-Canadian trappers in the area in 1818 who referred to the lake as Black Bear Lake. Bear Lake was further developed in 1863 after Mormon pioneers made their way to the region.
Bear Lake gets the nickname “Caribbean of the Rockies” from its dazzling blue waters. The water gets its color from deposits of calcium carbonate that reflect the natural color of the blue water. The lake is believed to be over 250,000 years old. It is over 200 feet deep in some parts and continues to deepen today.nnNEARBYnnGarden City: is the gateway city to Bear Lake from Logan Utah. It is right up against Bear Lake State Park and has some great local eats, famous raspberry shakes, supplies for travelers, and a good variety of lodging options.
Logan Canyon Scenic Byway: is the best way to go to the lake from Logan. It is a lovely drive and recognized for its recreational opportunities. Logan Canyon is loved by cyclists, fisherman, snowmobilers, lovers of wildlife, and adventure. It is a great place to see the fall colors and enjoy a peaceful drive. nn[x_map no_container="true"]PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO BEAR LAKEnnNEARBY CITIES & TOWNS
The area has many lodging accommodations near Bear Lake: cabins, camping, glamping, vacation rentals, hotels, bed and breakfasts, lodges, campgrounds, and RV parks.nnDINING | SHOPPING
Dining options are scattered throughout the area but one can rest assured that Garden City has some tasty grub for a hungry swimmer.
Logan would be the closest major city where any supply need can be met. Garden City has a small grocery store and there are several convenience stores all along the shores of Bear Lake.nnRENTALS
There are several rental outfitters who provides plenty of options like: boats, jet skis, paddle boards, boat sports equipment, kayaks, and water trampolines. nnSEASONS
This lake is a summer hotspot with many beaches and warm weather adventures. The main season is early-May to late-October.
Winter in the area is full of excitement on over 300 miles of snowmobile trails and skiing/snowboarding at the Beaver Mountain Resort. nnPETS
Dogs are welcome in most of the Bear Lake area but varies from beach to beach. nnBEACHES
Rendezvous Beach: has a rentable pavilion, sandy beaches, a restaurant close to the water, showers, tent camping, toilets, food, picnic area - dogs are allowed at the campground, but not allowed at the beach.
Bear Lake State Park: offers plenty of rental opportunities, a convenience store, boat ramp, dock, many campsites, showers, pavilion, visitors center, restrooms and is dog friendly.
Ideal Beach Resort: has pools, beaches, mini golfing, tennis courts, and picnic places. Dogs are not allowed anywhere on the property.
Cisco Beach: Cisco Beach has a depth and steep drop off making it an unexpected scuba diving hotspot - dogs allowed.
North Beach State Park in Idaho: Dogs are not allowed at north beach nnNEARBY
Butch Cassidy Museum at the Bank of Montpelier.