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Current Conditions:

Last checked for updates: 10/21/2016

Current Conditions

Marina – OPEN.
Rendezvous Beach – OPEN. †We will close this area on October 24, 2016.
First Point – OPEN.
South Eden – OPEN. †We will close this area on October 31, 2016.
Cisco Beach – OPEN.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN.
North Eden – CLOSED†for the winter season.
Launch Ramps:
Marina – OPEN.
First Point – OPEN†***USE CAUTION *** There is @ 43″ of water depth at the end of the concrete! † Wave action is starting to create a drop off at the end of the concrete. †USE THE LAUNCH RAMP AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Cisco Beach – OPEN.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN***USE CAUTION *** There is @ 29″ of water depth at the end of the concrete! Wave action has created a drop off at the end of the concrete. USE THE LAUNCH RAMP AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Rendezvous Beach – CLOSED†to launching due to low water levels.
* †Campfires must be within the metal fire ring at each campsite.
* †All campsites are first-come, first-serve.
Rendezvous Beach – Big Creek, Birch, and Cottonwood – OPEN. †Willow group campground – CLOSED. †Big Creek campground –†CLOSED. †Cottonwood campground – CLOSED. †We will close Birch campground on October 24, 2016.
South Eden – OPENWe will close this campground on October 31, 2016.
Cisco Beach – OPEN.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN. †We will close the Bluff campsites – #5 through 13 – on October 31, 2016.
North Eden – CLOSED.
Marina – closed to camping from May 1 through October 31. †We will open for “dry camping” on October 31, 2016.
Water Temp:
@ 52.7 degrees as measured in the Bear Lake Marina.
Water Level (elevation):
@ 5911.00′.
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:
No ice!
Road Conditions:
Air Temperature:
This past week, daytime high temperatures have ranged from the low 50’s to the high 60’s. The nighttime low temperatures have been ranging from the low 30’s to the mid 40’s.



Last Updated: October 17, 2016



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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