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Bear Lake Information

About Bear Lake

A natural, freshwater body of water, Bear Lake is often referred to as the “Caribbean of the Rockies”. Spanning across the northern border of Utah and the southern border of Idaho, Bear Lake is a state park in both. Its bright turquoise color shimmers in the sunlight, and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to its waters year-around. Both winter and summer sports are popular here, as are the hiking and ATV trails. The gorgeous backdrop of the Rocky Mountains make this an ideal setting for a vacation any time of the year.

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Things to do in Bear Lake

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!

Day Trips from Bear Lake

History buffs will love a day trip to Montpelier, Idaho. Just a 30-minute drive from the heart of Bear Lake, Montpellier is home to the Butch Cassidy Museum. Created inside the Bank of Montpelier, the actual site of Butch Cassidy’s infamous bank heist, the museum offers visitors a taste of the rich history that took place in this very location. When you’re ready to go back into the great outdoors, head to the National Oregon/California Trail Center. There, you can check out the paintings and relics in the museum and take a simulated pioneer trek along the Oregon Trail. You can even ride in a computer-simulated covered wagon, learn about the history of the trail from wagon masters and pioneer actors in period costume, and sit around a campfire in a pioneer encampment. Head to this hidden gem-of-a-town for a day trip during your vacation to Bear Lake.

Bear Lake Accommodations offers visitors plenty of vacation rental options. Stay in a huge, rustic lodge with a hilltop view of the lake and bring along some friends. Or, stay right on the water in a cozy cabin and walk down to the lake whenever you want. You can even stay in a resort with a private swimming pool, play structure for the kids, and a breathtaking view of the lake.

Transportation in Bear Lake

Get to Bear Lake by flying into Salt Lake City International Airport. From there, rent a car and drive just over two hours to reach Bear Lake. It will be helpful to have a car while you’re on vacation, as driving is the best way to get around the lake and to day trip destinations. Many visitors also walk and bike many places, so consider bringing a bike if you can or renting one from the local sporting shops.

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Vacation Rentals in Bear Lake

Looking for a vacation rental in Bear Lake? has 612 vacation rental homes available in Bear Lake. You'll find 2 studios, 134 1-bedroom, 82 2-bedroom and 394 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $45 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.

The average price of a nightly rental in Bear Lake is $493 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Bear Lake home is $25.

Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 37 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Bear Lake. In addition to accommodating pets, Bear Lake rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 448 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 562 have TV and/or cable and 308 have a pool or hot tub.

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