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Description:

For the latest Bear Lake fishing report, click here.

Current Conditions:

Last checked for updates: 1/17/2017

Current Conditions

Day-Use:
Marina – OPEN.
First Point – OPEN.
Cisco Beach – OPEN.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN.
All park roads have been plowed but may snow covered and icy.
Rendezvous Beach – CLOSED. †We plan to open this area on or about May 1, 2017.
South Eden – CLOSED. We plan to open this area on or about May 1, 2017.
North Eden – CLOSED. †We plan to open this area on or about May 1, 2017.
Surface:
Partially Open. †Some ice has been forming along the shorelines. †We estimate that the lake is currently @ 20 percent covered with ice, mostly to the north of the marina.
Launch Ramps:
Marina – OPEN. †*** USE CAUTION *** †Ice in the marina is currently blocking access to the lake. †The main channel de-icers are on, but are not able to keep the channel to the lake completely open.
First Point – OPEN†***USE CAUTION *** Some ice is forming. †USE THE LAUNCH RAMP AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Cisco Beach – OPEN. †*** USE CAUTION *** Some ice is forming.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN***USE CAUTION *** Some ice is forming. †USE THE LAUNCH RAMP AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Rendezvous Beach – CLOSED†to launching due to low water levels.
The launch ramps have been plowed, but may be icy.
Due to ice building up on the ramp docks at First Point, Cisco Beach, and Rainbow Cove, we have pulled the ramp docks out of the water.
Campgrounds:
* †Campfires must be within the metal fire ring at each campsite.
* †All campsites are first-come, first-serve.
Cisco Beach – OPEN.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN – launch ramp campsites 1 through 4.
Marina – OPEN – for “dry camping” until approximately May 1, 2017. †The park does not provide fire rings. †Campers must provide their own, above ground fire pan.
Rendezvous Beach – Big Creek, Birch, Cottonwood, and Willow†– CLOSED. †We plan to open these areas on or about May 1, 2017.
South Eden – CLOSED†– We plan to open this area on or about May 1, 2017.
Rainbow Cove – CLOSED – Bluff campsites – #5 through 13. †We plan to open these sites on or about May 1, 2017.
North Eden – CLOSED. †We plan to open this area on or about May 1, 2017.
Water Temperature:
@ 32.0 degrees as measured in the Bear Lake Marina.
Water Level (elevation):
@ 5911.7′.
Full elevation: 5923.65′.
2016 high elevation: 5914.45′.
2016 low elevation: 5910.6′.
2015 low elevation: 5911.15′.
2015 high elevation: 5914.45′.
Fishing Conditions:
Ice Thickness:
Some ice is forming on the lake. †Ice has formed inside the marina. †Ice thickness varies. †Be cautious when going onto the ice.
Road Conditions:
Plowed and snow covered.
Air Temperature:
This past week, the day time temperatures have ranged from the high 30’s to the mid teens. †The nighttime temperatures have ranged from the low 30’s to the single digits.
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Last Updated: January 16, 2017.

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Logan Canyon Snowmobile Trail Grooming report for 1/16/2017:

These are the trails we have done in the past week:

1/10 – Attempted to do the Swan Flat, Amazon and Beaver Creek trails. However, the storm made it impossible.

1/11 – Due to the severity of the storm, we were unable to do Sinks trail into Temple Canyon. Plus, UDOT closed the canyon for vehicle travel due to a snow slide.

1/12 – Tony Grove and Franklin Basin trails.

1/13 – Swan Flat, Amazon, and Beaver Creek Trails.

1/14 – Amazon and Beaver Creek trails.

1/15 – Sinks trail into Temple Canyon.

1/16 – Tony Grove and Franklin Basin trails.

 

These are the trails we plan to do this coming week:

1/17 – Swan Flat, Amazon, and Beaver Creek Trails.

1/18 –†Sinks trail into Temple Canyon.

1/19 – Tony Grove and Franklin Basin trails.

1/20 – Swan Flat, Amazon, and Beaver Creek Trails.

1/21 – Amazon and Beaver Creek trails.

1/22 – Sinks trail into Temple Canyon.

1/23 – Tony Grove and Franklin Basin trails.

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Bear Lake is one of two main bodies of water left over from the ancient Lake Bonneville. The other one is Utah Lake.

Bear Lake was formed 28,000 years ago by earthquake activity. It is 20 miles long and eight miles wide. Originally, it was called Black Bear Lake, by Donald Mackenzie, explorer for the North West Fur Company, who discovered it in 1819 while scouting for fur-bearing animals. The name was later shortened to just Bear Lake.

The cool, Caribbean-blue waters of Bear Lake are ideal for waterskiing, swimming, scuba diving, and sailing. Anglers enjoy year-round fishing for cutthroat, mackinaw, cisco, and whitefish. Bear Lake State Park offers three recreation areas: Rendezvous Beach, Bear Lake Marina, and East Beach.

Bear Lake State Park Rendezvous Beach is named for the famous rendezvous of trappers and Native Americans held in the summers of 1827 and 1828. A thousand or more Indians and mountain men, including Jedediah Smith, attended the gatherings.

East Side/Cisco Beach/South Eden/North Eden/First Point: These primitive areas are located on the east shore approximately ten miles north of Laketown. The terrain is rocky and the water depth drops off quickly to 208 feet.

Cisco Beach is famous for its midwinter fishing with dip nets for the small, seven-inch Bonneville Cisco, a member of the whitefish family. For a week to 10 days every January, swarms of Cisco come close to the rocky shore to spawn. They are easily scooped up by hardy fishermen wading waist-deep in the icy water or through holes in the ice if the lake is frozen.

Bear Lake is home to several native species of fish that are not found anywhere else in the world, including the Bonneville Cisco and the Bear Lake Whitefish, and the Bear Lake Cutthroat Trout. The lake is often referred to as Utah's Caribbean, because of its turquoise blue color. Why is the water so blue? Its beautiful and unique green-blue color comes from particles of calcium carbonate (limestone) that are suspended in the water. Bear Lake is currently listed as one of Utah's flat water 'Blue Ribbon' fisheries.

Bear Lake is located on the Utah/Idaho border north of Cache Valley in Rich County. Its fishery is managed by both states. Click here for a list of rules for the State Park.

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