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Bear Lake Map

Description:

For the latest Bear Lake fishing report, click here.

Current Conditions:

Last checked for updates: 2/24/2017

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:
The lake is @ 70% ice free. †There is some ice still floating on the lake.
Launch Ramps:
Marina –*** CAUTION *** †The de-icers have been turned on and are keeping the main channel free of ice. †Boats are able to launch and access the lake.
First Point – ***CAUTION *** Due to ice, boats are not able to launch.
Cisco Beach – *** CAUTION *** Boats are able to launch and access the lake.
Rainbow Cove – ***CAUTION *** Boats are able to launch and access the lake.
Rendezvous Beach – CLOSED†to launching due to low water levels.
The launch ramps have been plowed, but may be icy.
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.
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:
@ 32.7 degrees as measured in the Bear Lake Marina.
Water Level (elevation):
@ 5912.45′.
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:
The ice that is on the lake is not considered safe.
Road Conditions:
Plowed, melting, and may be snow covered.
Air Temperature:
This past week, the day time temperatures have ranged from the high 20’s to the low 40’s. †The nighttime temperatures have ranged from the teens to the high 20’s.
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Last Updated: February 20, 2017.

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Logan Canyon Snowmobile Trail Grooming report for 2/20/2017:

We have had a major breakdown with the front blade of our snow cat/groomer. †We were able to make repairs and started grooming operations on Wednesday, February 15th.

Air temperatures have been unseasonably warm. †The snow conditions are very heavy and wet. †We have had some rain in the lower trail elevations. †The higher elevations received upwards of 8 inches of new, heavy, wet snow.

The trails we groomed this past week:

2/15 – Amazon and Beaver Creek trails.

2/16 – Sinks trail down Temple Canyon, Garden City Canyon, Swan Flat, Tony Grove, and Franklin Basin trails.

2/17 – Swan Flat, Amazon, and Beaver Creek trails.

2/18 – Amazon and Beaver Creek trails.

2/19 – Sinks trails down Temple Canyon.

 

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

2/20 – Tony Grove and Franklin Basin trails.

2/21 –†Swan Flat, Amazon, and Beaver Creek trails.

2/22 – Sinks trail down Temple Canyon.

2/23 – Tony Grove and Franklin Basin trails.

2/24 – Garden City Canyon, Swan Flat, Amazon, and Beaver Creek trails.

2/25 – Amazon and Beaver Creek trails.

2/26 – Sinks trail down Temple Canyon.

 

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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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