Nestled high in the Rocky Mountains on the Utah-Idaho border lies 160 square miles of intense turquoise blue waters – The Caribbean of the Rockies – Bear Lake. Over 20 miles long and 8 miles wide, Blue Lake is a recreational paradise, a haven for watersports enthusiasts in summer and snow-seekers in the winter months.
Sail off into the sunset across the Caribbean waters, explore the alpine mountains and wilderness, pick raspberries at the Raspberry Festival, indulge in a western cookout at the Pickleville Playhouse Theater or join the cowboys at a Saturday night rodeo. Year round Bear Lake is a popular destination for hours of family fun.
The Caribbean of the Rockies, Bear Lake is the ultimate destination for spending long warm days on the brilliant blue waters and the sandy ocean like beaches. Walk the 5 mile paved Bear Lake Scenic Trail with picturesque views of the lake and enjoy hours of jetskiing, waterskiing, swimming, sailing and scuba diving the deep waters. Cast your line for cutthroat trout or head to the mountain streams and rivers for first class fly fishing. Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is over 1,760 acres with forested mountain trails teeming with birdlife and wildlife. Get close to nature on a horseback ride through the Rocky Mountains or adventure the ATV trails surrounding the lake. Nearby Bloomington Lake is a small glacial lake set in a breathtakingly scenic setting of rugged cliffs, waterfalls and mountain flowers. Hike the trails and have fun bombing the waters from the rope swing and exploring the underground wonders at the nearby Minnetonka and Paris Ice Caves. Golfing enthusiasts have three local courses with challenging terrain and spectacular views to choose from.
Winter at Bear Lake
As the snow caps the rugged mountain peaks and fresh powder settles on the valley floor, Bear Lake draws snow-seekers looking for adventure. Downhill ski at Beaver Mountain in nearby Logan Canyon or Pine Creek to the east of Bear Lake. Beaver Mountain is “a well-kept secret” with short lift lines, affordable prices, powder terrain and challenging runs for both skiers and snowboarders. Experience the rush of snowmobiling through spectacular scenery on over 350 miles of groomed trails or escape to the mountain wilderness for excellent cross country skiing with unmatched views and the chance to catch a glimpse of a wintering elk or moose. Fishing is not just for warm months at Bear Lake, ice fishing is one of the most popular sports. Dip-net a Bonneville Cisco through the ice, a species of fish not found anywhere else in the world.
The beautiful mountain setting and brilliant blue waters of Bear Lake offers year round relaxation, fun and adventure in the picturesque Utah mountains.