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For the latest Bear Lake fishing report, click here.

Current Conditions:

Last checked for updates: 9/20/2018

Current Conditions

Day-Use:
Marina – OPEN. Open year round.
Rendezvous Beach – OPEN. Open through at least October 21, 2018.
First Point – OPEN. Open year round.
Cisco Beach – OPEN. Open year round.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN. Open year round.
South Eden – OPEN. Open through at least October 28, 2018.
North Eden – OPEN. Open through September 30, 2018.
Surface:
No ice. It’s too warm!
Launch Ramps:
Marina – OPEN.
First Point – OPEN.
Cisco Beach – OPEN.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN.
Rendezvous Beach – *** CAUTION *** We do not recommend the launching of boats, the water is no longer covering the concrete and the water is too shallow to safely launch a boat or PWC.
*** FIRE RESTRICTIONS ***
By order of the State Fire Warden, effective July 5, 2018, for areas within Rich County:
Open flame fires are not allowed in the park areas of Cisco Beach, Rainbow Cove, and North Eden.
This includes above ground propane fire pits with open flames.
Enclosed BBQ grills, either charcoal or propane, are currently allowed under this restriction.
Campgrounds:
Rendezvous Beach – OPEN. First come, first serve. Open through at least October 21, 2018.
Cisco Beach – OPEN. First come, first serve. Open year round.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN. First come, first serve. launch ramp campsites open year round. Bluff’s campsites open through September 29, 2018.
South Eden – OPEN. First come, first serve. Open through at least October 28, 2018.
North Eden –OPEN. First come, first serve. Open through September 29, 2018.
Water Temperature:
@ 64.4 degrees as measured in the Bear Lake State Park Marina.
Water Level (elevation):
@ 5916.70′.
Full elevation: 5923.65′.
2018 high elevation: 5920.45′
2018/19 low elevation: 5916.70′
2017 high elevation: 5922.35′
2017/18 low elevation: 5919.10′
Fishing Conditions:
Ice Thickness:
No ice. It’s too warm!
********** ROAD CONSTRUCTION/Road Conditions **********
Rich County Cisco Road:
Road reconstruction of Cisco Road between the junction with SR 30 in Laketown and the Utah/Idaho border, approximately 12.5 miles.
Signs indicate the road is closed, except for local traffic. If you are going to one of the park’s eastside areas, you will be considered local traffic. Access to park areas will remain open although travel may be delayed.
Paving started on September 17th @ 1/2 mile north of the junction with SR30 and will proceed north. Paving is expected to be completed @ mid October.
WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT BICYCLISTS RIDING THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE. Please find alternate riding routes.
Air Temperature:
This past week, the day time high temperatures have ranged from the mid 70’s to the low 80’s.
The nighttime temperatures have ranged from the low 40’s to the high 40’s.
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Last Updated: September 17, 2018.
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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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