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Bear Lake Map

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For the latest Bear Lake fishing report, click here.

Current Conditions:

Last checked for updates: 11/13/2018

Current Conditions

Day-Use:
Marina – OPEN. Open year round.
Rendezvous Beach – CLOSED until approximately May , 2019, weather permitting.
First Point – OPEN. Open year round.
Cisco Beach – OPEN. Open year round.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN. Open year round.
South Eden – CLOSED until approximately May , 2019, weather permitting.
North Eden – CLOSED until approximately May , 2019, weather permitting.
Surface:
No ice. It’s too warm!
Launch Ramps:
Marina – OPEN. We have turned off the water to the docks, north restroom, and the vessel pump out. They are now winterized.
First Point – OPEN.
Cisco Beach – OPEN.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN.
Rendezvous Beach – CLOSED until approximately May , 2019, weather permitting.
Campgrounds:
Rendezvous Beach – CLOSED until approximately May , 2019, weather permitting.
Cisco Beach – OPEN. First come, first serve. Open year round.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN. First come, first serve. Campsites 1 to 4 are open year round. Bluff’s campsites are CLOSED until approximately May , 2019, weather permitting.
South Eden – OPEN. First come, first serve. We will close this facility in the morning of October 29, 2018.
North Eden – CLOSED until approximately May , 2019, weather permitting.
Water Temperature:
@ 47.5 degrees as measured in the Bear Lake State Park Marina.
Water Level (elevation):
@ 5916.40′.
Full elevation: 5923.65′.
2018 high elevation: 5920.45′
2018/19 low elevation: 5916.40′
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, is near completion. All paving is complete. Crews are still in the area to perform small clean up projects.
Air Temperature:
This past week, the day time high temperatures have ranged from the mid 50’s to the mid 40’s.
The nighttime temperatures have ranged from the mid 20’s to the mid 30’s.
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Last Updated: November 5, 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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