For the Boater: Utah’s Bear Lake State Park

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Bear Lake State Park, Utah© 2009 Utah Office of Tourism/Frank JensenSailboats are a common sight at the northern portion of Bear Lake, high in the Rocky Mountains. The marina has more than 300 boat slips.

1030 N. Bear Lake Blvd., Garden City, Utah

There are two separate areas in this lakeside park, each of them offering access to the turquoise waters of Bear Lake, which covers 112 square miles and is surrounded by exquisite mountain scenery.

Sailing, powerboating, and fishing are the main attractions at the state marina in the northern section. On the south shore near Laketown, at Rendezvous Beach, the emphasis is on swimming, although here, too, boats may be rented or trailered in. Four campgrounds—Willow, Cottonwood, Birch, and Big Creek—are attractively situated along the shore.

Fishermen hook cutthroat trout here and mackinaws that can weigh up to 30 pounds. Ice fishing for smelt—like ciscoes—is popular in winter. Sandhill cranes are common in the park’s meadows and wetlands from late May – early June.
Open year-round. Admission charged.

www.stateparks.utah.gov

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