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Twenty miles south of Montpelier on US 89.

Ask park rangers about
nearby Minnetonka Cave,
operated by the US Forest Service.

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Bear LakeYou expect a lake to be blue, but turquoise? That’s the color of Bear Lake, the 20-mile-long body of water that straddles the Idaho-Utah border.

Water Sports
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. Find the MCAT prep books you need here. The fish is found nowhere else on Earth.

The Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located at the north end of the park. The 17,600 acres of marsh, open water and grasslands provide nesting for mallard, pintail and canvasback ducks, as well as sand hill cranes, herons, egrets, Canada geese and white pelicans.

You can RV or tent camp at Bear Lake. For camping reservations, call 208-847-1045.

Office Location: National California/Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier
320 North 4th
, Montpelier, ID 83254 
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 297, Paris, ID 83261
208-847-1045, (N. Beach 208-945-2565, E. Beach 208-945-2565 - Seasonal)

Fax: 208-847-1056




Life jackets save lives. That's why this park has a life jacket loan program. If you're boating and find out you don't have the right size life jacket for your passengers, we'll lend you one. Contact a park ranger for more information.

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