Bear Lake State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Bear Lake is an unusual body of water in many ways. For one thing, it looks more turquoise than blue. For another, it is home to the Bonneville cisco fish, which can be found nowhere else on earth. The lake is popular in the region for fishing, boating, and swimming—but before you plan your trip, be sure to check the water levels, because they vary greatly from season to season and year to year. The lake is to the south of the park; to the north is the Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a marshy area that is home to many kinds of birds, some of them rare. The campground itself is located on the northeast side of the lake, away from the population centers.
A wide variety of campsites are available here; some have electric hookups. There is some shade, but mainly this is a marsh and beach area. The area is popular for snowmobiling in the winter (the Bear Lake Valley gets lots of snow). One other note: The park’s office is not located even close to the park; it can be found on the north end of Montpelier on US 30 in the National Oregon Trail Center building."