Bear Lake State Park (Utah)

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Bear Lake State Park
Utah State Park
Country  United States
State  Utah
County Rich
Location Garden City
 - elevation 5,900 ft (1,798 m) [1]
 - coordinates 41°50′44″N 111°20′44″W / 41.84556°N 111.34556°W / 41.84556; -111.34556Coordinates: 41°50′44″N 111°20′44″W / 41.84556°N 111.34556°W / 41.84556; -111.34556
Founded 1962 [1]
Management Utah State Parks
Visitation 242,749 (2011) [2]
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location of Bear Lake State Park in Utah

Bear Lake State Park is a state park of Utah, USA, along the shore of Bear Lake on the Idaho border. It offers three recreation areas: Rendezvous Beach, Bear Lake Marina, and East Side, which comprises several more segments. The park also hosts many annual events, such as a Mountain Man Rendezvous and Bear Lake Raspberry Days.

Recreational activities include waterskiing, swimming, scuba diving, and sailing. Anglers enjoy year-round fishing for cutthroat trout, mackinaw trout, Bonneville cisco, and whitefish.

Recreation areas[edit]

Rendezvous Beach[edit]

Rendezvous Beach is named for the historic rendezvous of fur trappers and Native Americans held here during the summers of 1827 and 1828. A thousand or more Native Americans and mountain men, including Jedediah Smith, attended these gatherings. There were so many campfires at the south end of the lake at these trading sessions that one observer called the area "a lighted city."[3]

Today Rendezvous Beach is a 1.25-mile-long (2.01 km) recreation area with 220 campsites, along with restrooms, showers, and utility hookups. It is a popular area for large gatherings such as family reunions. A local business rents small boats and personal water craft.[4]

Bear Lake Marina[edit]

The Bear Lake Marina area is located about 8 miles north of Rendezvous on the west side of the lake, about 2 miles south of the Idaho border. The Bear Lake Marina area provides a sheltered harbor, an 80-foot (24 m)-wide concrete boat ramp, boat slips, 13 campsites, restrooms, and showers. There is also a visitor center, along with a business renting boats and selling fishing and boating supplies.41°57′54″N 111°23′57″W / 41.96493°N 111.39922°W / 41.96493; -111.39922 (Bear Lake State Park (Utah)'s marina)

East Side[edit]

The East Side portions of the park consists of six primitive camping sites and two concrete boat ramps. From the south end of the lake, about one mile up is and First Point 41°52′34″N 111°17′44″W / 41.8760359°N 111.2954776°W / 41.8760359; -111.2954776 (First Point) with a boat ramp. Then 2 miles further begins the Cisco Beach area, which runs approximately three miles from South Eden campground at the south to Rainbow Cove on the north 41°58′14″N 111°16′14″W / 41.9706725°N 111.2704647°W / 41.9706725; -111.2704647 (Rainbow Cove). And one mile further north, is the North Eden campground, at the Idaho border.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Division of Utah State Parks and Recreation document "Bear Lake State Park: About the Park".

  1. ^ a b "Bear Lake State Park: About the Park". Utah State Parks. Archived from the original on 16 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Utah State Park 2011 Visitation" (PDF). Utah State Parks Planning. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bear Lake State Park". Utah State Parks. 
  4. ^ "Bear Lake Camping and Picnics". Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

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