Bear Lake is Utah’s second largest natural lake. Earthquake activity formed the lake 28,000 years ago. It’s often called the "Caribbean of the Rockies" because of its bright turquoise blue water. The vibrant blue color is caused by minerals suspended in the lake.
With boat ramps located around the lake, water sports are a large draw. From sailing and boating to jet skiing, fishing and swimming, if you like to be wet, you should like Bear Lake. Cisco Beach is one of the better known areas. In the summer, it’s a popular scuba diving location. In the winter at the end of January, fishing gets the spotlight when fish come close to the shore to spawn. Fishermen wading in the icy water scoop them up by the net full.
Bear Lake straddles the Utah and Idaho boundary and is 20 miles long and 8 miles wide. Bear Lake State Park is located on the south shore near Laketown on State Route 30. There are numerous campgrounds with flush toilets, showers and hookups for those who enjoy sleeping under the stars.