Boating and water sports are the most popular activities on Bear Lake's deep, clear, turquoise blue waters. You can bring your own boat or jet ski, or rent one at the lake.
There are plenty of places to stay near Bear Lake, for any size group. With a little searching you can find hotels, motels, inns, condos, cabins and campgrounds. One of the largest developments for hotel, motel and condo rentals is Ideal Beach Resort. The Bear Lake area is dotted with campgrounds and RV parks, including public campgrounds at Bear Lake State Park Utah, Bear Lake State Park Idaho, St. Charles Canyon, and Montpelier Ranger District.
The Bear Lake area's signature dessert is the Bear Lake raspberry shake. You can get a thick shake made with local raspberries (in season) and local ice cream almost anywhere in the area that sells food, but some of the favorite places to get them are LeBeau's, Quick-N-Tasty, and Hometown Drive Inn, all in Garden City.
If you feel like getting out of the water and exploring the gorgeous natural scenery around Bear Lake, you can take one of the area's scenic byways, including the Oregon Trail Bear Lake Scenic Byway, the Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway, the Bear River Heritage Area or Bloomington Lake.
Minnetonka Cave, about 15 miles away from Garden City up St. Charles Canyon, makes a great change of pace or rainy day activity during your trip to Bear Lake. It's a 9-room cave filled with fanciful rock formations, that you can explore on a half-mile guided hike. Admission to the cave is $8 for adults, $6 for children 6-15, and free for children 5 and younger. Bring a jacket; the cave is a cool 40 degrees year round.
Directions: Take U.S. 89 north from Garden City, Utah, or south from Montpelier, Idaho, to St. Charles. Drive 11 miles west from St. Charles along Forest Road 412. The road is paved to its end at Minnetonka Cave.
Bryce, the knowledgeable and entertaining owner of Cisco's boat rental and docking facility, knows as much as anyone about Bear Lake's history, geology, wildlife and folklore. Bryce will take your party of up to six people on a personalized tour of the lake, on a 24-foot pontoon boat.
The Bear Lake town of Garden City holds its Raspberry Days festival the first weekend of August, to celebrate the peak of the raspberry harvest. Raspberry Days events include a Little Miss Berry pageant, craft fair, parade, rodeo, 5K run, pancake breakfast, dances, and fireworks on the beach.
The Pickleville Playhouse in Garden City, in business since 1977, performs hilarious melodramas and lighthearted Broadway favorites. It's a fun date night or family outing after a day on the lake. The onsite restaurant, Bandito's Western Grill, serves western favorites like steak and grilled chicken.
2049 S. Bear Lake Blvd.
Garden City, UT 84028