Bear Lake State Park is located in a high mountain valley in the extreme southeast corner of Idaho. At 5,900 feet elevation, the park offers a wide variety of both summer and winter recreation opportunities. Bear Lake itself is 20 miles long and 8 miles wide with half of the lake in Idaho and half in Utah. The lake is a water sports Mecca attracting boaters, water skiers, and beach lovers from all over the country. All that inviting water is hard to resist. Swimmers will enjoy a two-mile-long beach on the north end of the lake, plus a 1-1/2 mile beach on the east side. The gradual slope of the lake bottom provides an enormous swimming area. Ramps are available for boaters and water skiers who want to enjoy the water, too. Anglers can try for a native cutthroat or lake trout in the summer. In the winter, they can come back with buckets and nets when the Bonneville cisco run. The fish is found nowhere else on Earth.


Southeastern Idaho, 20 miles S. of Montpelier


From Montpelier go S. on Hwy 89 about 18 mi to St Charles, turn E. on N. Beach Rd. Drive 4 miles to North Beach State Park. Drive 10 more miles to Idaho Eastshore State Park.

Nearest City

St. Charles

Street Address

Bear Lake State Park Admin Office
3rd North 10th East
St. Charles ID, 83272

Mailing Address

Box 297
Paris ID, 83261

Attraction Type(s)


Summer, Fall, Spring


$5 per vehicle / day; separate camping fees from $14-$18 plus Idaho State Sales Tax.


Boating Facilities, Campsites, Dump Station, Handicap Access, Parking, Vault Toilets

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