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Current Conditions:

Last checked for updates: 8/16/2018

Current Conditions

Marina – OPEN.
Rendezvous Beach – OPEN.
First Point – OPEN.
Cisco Beach – OPEN.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN.
South Eden – OPEN.
North Eden – OPEN. We will close this campground after Labor Day to allow for the construction of a new access road.
For the past seven Saturdays, we have reached full parking capacity at Rendezvous Beach. We have turned people away on the highway. We have been reaching this capacity near 10:30 am and restrict entrance until @ 2:30 pm. Please plan accordingly.
No ice. It’s too warm!
Launch Ramps:
Marina – OPEN. Reservations recommended for boat slips through Labor Day.
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.
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.
Rendezvous Beach – OPEN. Reservations recommended though Labor Day.
Cisco Beach – OPEN. First come, first serve.
Rainbow Cove – OPEN. First come, first serve.
South Eden – OPEN. Reservations recommended through Labor Day.
North Eden –OPEN. First come, first serve. We will close this campground after Labor Day to allow for the construction of a new access road.
If you are planning to camp in one of our first come, first serve campsites: For the past seven weekends, The campgrounds at North Eden, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach have been reaching full capacity @ 5:00 pm on Fridays. This past Friday, all of our east side campsites were full by @ 2:00 pm. Please plan accordingly. Many people came up and were not able to find a campsite and were turned away.
Water Temperature:
@ 71.80 degrees as measured in the Bear Lake State Park Marina.
Water Level (elevation):
@ 5917.95′.
Full elevation: 5923.65′.
2018 high elevation: 5920.45′
2018/19 low elevation: 5917.95′
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 on Cisco Road between the junction with SR 30 in Laketown and the Utah/Idaho border is into full swing. Signs say 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. It is expected that the road will be paved in mid-October. The majority of the construction runs the 9 miles from Vista Grande to the State border at North Eden.
Air Temperature:
This past week, the day time high temperatures have ranged from the mid 80’s to the high 80’s.
The nighttime temperatures have ranged from the mid 50’s to the low 60’s.
Last Updated: August 13, 2018.

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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