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ATTENTION: Please note beginning with 2015 stays, Idaho State Park fees will charge different rates for resident and non- resident customers. This change requires the collection of unique primary site occupant information (name, address, and telephone number) for all sites. This includes cabins, campsites, yurts and group facilities. Customers booking multiple sites under one name should expect a follow up call from IDPR staff requesting primary occupant information.

Bear Lake State Park, ID

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Mar 31 2016   Later Dates


Bear Lake State Park is located on the North and East Shores of Beautiful Bear Lake.

Often referred to as the "Caribbean of the Rockies" Bear Lake is 20 miles long and is shared by Idaho and Utah.

Easy access to the Cache National Forest and Minnitonka Cave as well as the National Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier, Idaho.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Beachcombing
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoeing
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Kiosk
  • Nature Study
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Powerboating
  • Restrooms
  • Sail Boarding
  • Sail Boating
  • Skiing - Water
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming - Lake
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing/Sailboarding
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fishing River
  • Rent Jet Skis
  • Rent Motor Boat
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Scuba Diving
  • Sightseeing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Area Attraction
  • Art & Museum
  • Auto Touring/Scenic Rtes
  • Cabins
  • Churches
  • Dining
  • Retail, Supplies
Within 10 Miles
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Emergency Services
  • Firewood Sales
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Historic Sites
  • Hospital
  • Hunting
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Marina
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Ranger Station
  • Restaurant
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Shopping
Alerts and Important Information
  • A 5.00 Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee (MVEF) is required for every vehicle entering Idaho State Parks (including visitors to campers).
  • All campsite and facility use fees accommodate one vehicle MVEF per night stayed. Any applicable additional per-person or MVEF charges will be collected at the park.
  • MVEF may be paid for at the daily rate or by purchasing a State Park Passport or an Annual Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee sticker.
  • Visitors and park day users may be required to park outside the campground.
  • All yurts, cabins and group facilities that are ADA accessible do not require proof of disability upon arrival.
  • Camping is allowed in designated areas only.
  • All boats, trailers, or other motorized vehicles must fit entirely within the campsite parking spur provided. Any equipment that does not fit entirely within the site's designated parking area must be parked outside the campground in an area designated by the park manager.
  • RVs are not permitted when staying in facilities (yurts, cabins, cottages or houses).
  • Campfires are allowed in designated areas only!
  • All pets must be kept on a leash and not be left unattended. Pets are not allowed on beaches except for designated areas (not all parks have designated areas); Campers are responsible to clean up after their pet. Not all facilities allow pets.
  • Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.
  • Fireworks are prohibited in all parks at all times. No Exceptions!

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.02917, -111.25778
42°1'45"N, 111°15'28"W

Bear Lake State Park can be accessed from US 89 at St.Charles, Idaho via the North and East Beach roads. The park is 2 hours south of Pocatello, Idaho and 3 hours north of Salt Lake City, UT.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Bear Lake State Park
P.O. Box 297
Paris   ID  83261

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)945-2325