Explore your own backyard: 6 things to do at Bear Lake

Explore your own backyard: 6 things to do at Bear Lake


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Bear Lake lays claim to both Utah and Idaho and is truly a historical and recreational paradise. Often called the "Caribbean of the Rockies," it the intense turquoise-blue water excites anyone who loves recreational activities. Whether you're looking to enjoy the water, myriad recreational opportunities or merely smell the fresh air, Bear Lake has much to offer its visitors.

Here are six things to do in or around Bear Lake.

Water sports

Boating, tubing, water skiing and wakeboarding... Bear Lake welcomes it all. Be safe and enjoy the cool water.

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Play on the beach

Swimming off the nice, gentle beaches of Bear Lake is fun for the whole family. Be sure to bring a sun umbrella, a picnic lunch and a beach ball!

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Golf galore

Warmer temperatures and green grass must mean it's time to dust off your golf clubs and head to Bear Lake! There are two golf courses with spectacular views of the lake, located on scenic hillsides by Garden City, Utah and Fish Haven, Idaho.

The third is a challenging municipal course in Montpelier, Idaho. Each facility has reasonable green fees and the course designs are ready to test your golfing abilities. Go for the weekend and play all three courses!

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Fishing fun

Are you ready to make some big catches? Anglers come from all over to enjoy the wonders of Bear Lake. You're bound to catch something nice!

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Hiking and biking

There aren't many ways to welcome summer better than visiting the great outdoors. Hiking and biking around the Bear Lake area offers beautiful views, fresh air and great exercise.

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ATV riding

Bear Lake is home to some prime time ATV real estate. Between its dirt trails and sandy beaches, ATV riders are bound to have a blast.

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In the spirit of exploring your own backyard, here's a list of some other events happening around the great state of Utah.

  • San Juan County: Blanding's Annual 4th of July Celebration — Parade, free concert, vendor booths and games; fireworks and much more!
  • Flaming Gorge: Road Biking and Mountain Biking Trails abound in Flaming Gorge.
  • Salt Lake: The Utah Arts Festival (June 25-28) promotes the arts and enhances the quality of life in Utah through the production of an annual outdoor, multi-disciplinary arts event in downtown Salt Lake City.
  • Box Elder: Brigham City Heritage Arts Festival & Tour de Cure, June 13.
  • Logan: Utah's heart of the arts. Live theatre, Broadway, opera, free weekday concerts, gallery walks and more.
  • Carbon County's Lunatic Triathlon: Triathlon held at night (June 26 at 8pm) in the dark with many other family friendly activities.
  • Cedar City: Free American music festival (June 27-28) featuring top touring bands from across the country.
  • Bryce Canyon: Southern Utah's premier hot air balloon event (June 26-28)amazes crowds with dozens of balloons painting the sky with color—all framed by Bryce Canyon Country's celebrated red rock landscape.
  • Moab: Cross three mountain passes at or above 11,000 ft. and finish on beautiful slickrock.
  • Kanab: Lake Powell, Zion, Bryce, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, the Wave, Grand Canyon and more.
  • Heber Valley: A place so hidden, yet in the center of so much. This is Heber Valley.
  • Uintah County: 3rd Annual Paddle Fest at Red Fleet State Park (June 19th and 20th). Races, bands, free boat demos, homemade water craft contest, races, prizes and fireworks!

To learn more and see all of the opportunities fun around Bear Lake, visit bearlake.org.

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