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Bear Lake State Park
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Bear Lake seen from the park
Bear Lake State Park is located in Idaho
Bear Lake State Park
Bear Lake State Park
Location in Idaho
Bear Lake State Park is located in the United States
Bear Lake State Park
Bear Lake State Park
Location in the United States
Location Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
Nearest city St. Charles, Idaho
Area 966 acres (391 ha)
Elevation 5,900 ft (1,800 m)
Designation Idaho state park
Established 1969
Visitors 162,787 (in 2014-2015)
(expressed as Total Visitor Days)
Administrator Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
Website Bear Lake State Park

Bear Lake State Park (sometimes called North Beach State Park) is a public recreation area bordering the north and eastern shores of Bear Lake in the southeast corner of Bear Lake County, Idaho, near the Utah and Wyoming state lines. The state park sits across the lake from St. Charles and is fifteen miles (24 km) south of Montpelier. Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge lies adjacent to the park's north unit.


The state purchased land for the park in 1969 using funds supplied through the Recreation and Public Purposes Act. At the same time, the North Beach unit was leased from Utah Power and Light. Management of the north unit continues under lease from PacifiCorp.


This state park is home to bonneville cisco, cutthroat trout, moose, pelicans, lake trout, deer, cranes and cougar.


Bear Lake owes its turquoise blue color to the presence of suspended calcium carbonate (limestone). The park's two units each have a beach over one mile (1.6 km) in length with gradually sloping lake bottom and large swimming area. Camping is offered in the east unit. In winter, the park provides ice fishing access for the annual runs of Bonneville cisco.

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