Bear Lake State Park is located in the southeastern corner of Idaho near the Cache mountain range. Campsites for groups as large as 50 are available along with several serviced and standard sites. A popular destination for water lovers, Bear Lake welcomes about 15,000 campers annually. Bring your boat, your bathing suit, sunscreen, fishing rod and your water toys; Bear Lake is a water lover’s paradise.

At 20 miles long and 8 miles wide, half of Bear Lake is located in Idaho, the other half in Utah. Known for its intense turquoise colored water, the lake is often called the Caribbean of the Rockies. A gradual slope to the lake bottom provides an enormous swimming area in the summer. In the winter, those with buckets and nets can ice fish for the Bonneville cisco, a fish found nowhere else on earth.


Bear Lake State Park
1767 Eastshore Rd, St Charles, ID 83272, United States



Daily 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Day-use locations within state parks are open from 7 am to 10 pm, per Idaho state code 26.01.20 (5). Day-use hours may change based on park manager discretion.


$15 per day per vehicle ($20 on Saturdays and Holidays from June through Labor Day)

$10 per day for Utah seniors 62+ ($15 on Saturdays and Holidays from June through Labor Day)

$75 annual day-use pass

$35 Senior Adventure (annual) pass

Contact Details

Phone: (208) 945-2325


Official Website: Bear Lake State Park


Just a reminder, North Beach reaches capacity most Fridays at around 11am. On Saturdays, we fill by 10am. We do try to reopen later in the afternoon, as soon as visitation levels drop.

Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Bear Lake State Park:


The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips


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