Bear Lake State Park

Sitting on the Utah side of Bear Lake, which is split in half between Utah and Idaho, is the appropriately named Bear Lake State Park.

The park is perfect for family trips and for those who enjoy the water. Boats, jet skis, kayaks and canoes all share the lake, which has a bustling summertime marina at the state park. There are 377 boat slips at Bear Lake Marina, but if being on land is more your speed, they also have an adjacent campground with 13 sites.

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Bear Lake Rendezvous Beach is about 10 miles away from the marina (and still a part of the state park). It features 220 campsites and a 1.25-mile long beach with spectacular views of the aqua-blue lake. Swimming and scuba diving are two more activities that a visitor to this part of the country should partake in.

Bear Lake Eastside is another 10 or so miles down the road – and, in fact, almost directly across the lake from the marina. It features six primitive campgrounds and two concrete boat launches. 

Locals don’t let wintertime spoil their lake fun. The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is held in January and features a chili cookoff, a cardboard boat regatta an a plunge into Bear Lake to raise money for a nearby charity.