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Bear Lake State Park, Garden City

Categories: State Parks, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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Bear Lake is a natural freshwater lake on the Utah-Idaho border in the Western United States. About in size, it is split about equally between the two states; its Utah portion comprises the second-largest natural freshwater lake in Utah, after Utah Lake. The lake has been called the "Caribbean of the Rockies" for its unique turquoise-blue color, which is due to the reflection of calcium carbonate (limestone) deposits suspended in the lake. Its water properties have led to the evolution of several unique species of fauna that occur only within the lake. Bear Lake is over 250,000 years old. It was formed by fault subsidence that continues today, slowly deepening the lake along the eastern side.Originally named "Black Bear Lake" by Donald Mackenzie, an explorer for the North West Fur Company who discovered the lake in 1819, the name was later changed to Bear Lake. The lake is a popular destination for tourists and sports enthusiasts, and the surrounding valley has gained a reputation for having high-quality raspberries.HistoryThe first known inhabitants of the Bear Lake Valley were Shoshone tribes, but the area was known to many Native Americans. The first record of whites seeing the lake is from 1818 when French-Canadian trappers working for the North West Company followed the Bear River upstream to the valley.
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  • On our way from Salt Lake City to Jackson we decided to take the slightly slower, but the most scenic route which included the beautiful Bear Lake. This natural freshwater, turquoise-coloured lake, si...  read more »
  • I have heard from many folks that Bear Lake is a site to behold. They weren't kidding. This is possibly the most blue water I have seen in a lake and it was breathtaking. From the mountain drive in th...  read more »
  • As we are flatlanders from Indiana, we had never heard of Bear Lake. When we were planning our Western road trip, we came across it & researched. After what we found, it was a given that we had to sto...  read more »
  • Bear Lake is a very picturesque place, especially from the overlook off of US Hwy 89 before you descend down to the lake. Garden City (not really a city) is more of small business district. For a great place to get an ice cream treat...go the Quick and Tasty for a raspberry milk shake. They have all kinds of other flavors, too. I did a chocolate, raspberry mix...yum. Go, you'll be glad you did.
  • Beautiful lake with lots to do. State park has excellent campground with hookups, bathrooms and pavilions. Local raspberries are awesome, get a shake or some ice cream in Garden City and go enjoy the grey sand beaches and shallow shore water. Great place for kids, families or just you and some friends. A must see in Utah.
  • We went early in the year and the water was very cold, but we still had fun. The area is beautiful! We stayed at the KOA at bear lake and it was really nice. I'm not one for camping but the cabin was comfortable, and the kids loved the activities available.
  • Bear lake is awesome. Water is a bit chilly but so is everywhere outside of Lake Powell. Wide open lake so you're not running into other boats or people. Water is super pretty torquoise color and clean. Great boating!
  • Great place to take the family for vacation. All sorts of water sports. The best beach is on the north of the lake. There are two entrances on the north. The boat dock and the boat rental entrance. We like to go to the boat rental entrance on the north because there are less people and you can rent right on the shore. The kids like to get a kayak or canoe and paddle around. The water is pretty shallow so you don't have to worry so much about the kids getting into deep water. The sand is awesome there too. The best place for the raspberry shakes are at Le Beau's. Ask for a double raspberry. The other food place right next door is Zipz and it is amazing too. There are old boats the kids can eat in. At Zipz get the raspberry lemonade, chicken strips or corndog. This is the best hangout spot in the evening. If you like cycling, a the ride around the lake is amazing. This is one of the most beautiful rides I have done and is relatively flat. Visit Bear Lake and you will fall in love!
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