If you’re planning on visiting in the summer, hit the beach and enjoy the view! Visitors often make sand castles, bury each other in the sand, or simply lay a blanket out and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Rent a sailboat and cruise around the lake all day; or, take your own boat and use one of seven boat ramps located around the lake. The resort area is excellent for jet skiing, water skiing, and other water activities. Swimming in the lake is another fun, free activity, and if the kids want a little more swimming time, there’s always the Garden City Indoor Community Pool. A winter adventure to Bear Lake offers many activities for everyone. Try your hand at cross country skiing at Bear Lake Golf Course or nearby Logan Canyon. Bring your own skis or rent them from Pugstone’s Ripples and Waves Sporting. Go snowmobiling on the frozen lake and get a spectacular view of the natural scenery during a sunny winter day. Go skiing, snowboarding, or tubing at Bear Mountain Ski Resort or nearby Pine Creek Ski Resort. Bird watching is also a great activity in the winter months, as visitors will get a chance to see herons, snowy egret, white pelicans, and a variety of ducks. In addition, the Bea Lake National Wildlife Refuge, located on the north shore of the lake, boasts one of the largest populations of Canada geese in the western U.S. Use the walking trails or take a drive around the lake to see all the wildlife. Speaking of walking trails, Bear Lake features some great ones. Hike the Limber Pine Trail for a short, one-mile loop that takes you to a 2,000-year-old limber pine. The Bloomington Lake Trail offers hikers a gorgeous view of a small glacial lake set among cliffs and waterfalls. Or, hike a portion of the Great Western Trail which spans vertically all the way from Arizona to the Canadian border. Don’t forget lots of water and sunscreen!