Bear Lake, Utah Top 5 Activities

Top 5 Bear Lake Activities for Year-Round Fun! Seeking activities to do in Northern Utah? Look no further than Bear Lake, a scenic two-hour drive north of Salt Lake City. There is no shortage of thin...

Bear Lake, Utah Top 5 Activities

Top 5 Bear Lake Activities for Year-Round Fun!

Seeking activities to do in Northern Utah? Look no further than Bear Lake, a scenic two-hour drive north of Salt Lake City. There is no shortage of things to do at Bear Lake, such as boating, jet skiing, lounging on beaches, or tasting some locally grown fruit, summer activities at Bear Lake are plentiful.  Winter activities at Bear Lake also offer the cheapest skiing available in Utah from the locally owned Beaver Mountain; a hidden gem ski resort. The Bear Lake recreation is endless. If you’re unsure what to do at Bear Lake, we’ve made a list of the Top 5 things to do:

1. Explore Northern Utah’s Bear Lake by boat or jetski

One of the most popular Bear Lake activities for a reason: with 109 square miles of water to explore, there’s plenty to do with a boat or jetski on Bear Lake. The calm waters provide a great opportunity for boat tubing, kayaking, and waterskiing, and the lake is large enough that you’ll never feel cramped by other boaters.

Bear Lake, Utah Kayaking
Bear Lake, Utah Kayaking
Bear Lake, Utah Water Tubing
Bear Lake, Utah Water Tubing











Bear Lake offers many boat, jetskis, and other watercraft rental shops such as Bear Lake Rentals to make recreation at Bear Lake easy and as enjoyable as possible.

2. The best beaches in Utah? Bear Lake has those too

Bear Lake, Utah Beach
Bear Lake, Utah Beach

For those looking for a less adrenaline-filled day, there are plenty of relaxing things to do at Bear Lake. Look no further than the amazing beaches! A short two hour drive from Salt Lake City offers you the beach day you’ve been craving. One of the best things at Bear Lake is its wide variety of beaches and campgrounds all around the lake, so there’s always room to find your piece of paradise.

Don’t want to worry about finding space? Reserve a spot at the Beautiful Idaho State Park beach to ensure your spot is waiting for you.

3. Dog friendly beaches: don’t leave your best friend at home!

Bear Lake, Utah Dog-friendly Beach
Bear Lake, Utah Dog-friendly Beach

We hate leaving our furry friends at home too, luckily there’s dog-friendly activities at Bear Lake! Fido deserves a beach day too, and Bear Lake happily accommodates your faithful companion with a selection of dog-friendly beaches. Bring you dogs along to beat the heat in the cool Bear Lake waters.

Looking for other pet-friendly outdoor adventures in Utah? Check out our page on the best pet-friendly hikes in Utah!

4. Fresh Raspberry Shakes? Don’t miss Raspberry Days

The best way to cool off after a long day at the beach is a fresh raspberry shake! Bear Lake is world famous for their raspberries, and most popular by far is the delicious raspberry shakes that you can find at most restaurants (and even gas stations!).

Want to try everything raspberry? Don’t miss the Raspberry Days festival in early August. The festival runs across a weekend, and features events such as food, vendors, a parade, and a concert. Learn more about Raspberry Days from the official website.

5. Ski with the locals at Beaver Mountain, the oldest family-run ski resort

An empty, snow-covered run at Beaver Mountain, near Bear Lake, after a snow storm.
Powder Day at Beaver Mountain, near Bear Lake, Utah

Even when the snow flies, there’s still things to do in the winter at bear lake ! Just 20 minutes from Bear Lake is the best hidden gem ski resort you’ll find in Utah. Beaver Mountain has been family owned since 1939, and it’s where you’ll find all the locals which means less crowded than the tourist resorts of Salt Lake City. The best part? A day pass is only $60! The mountain features runs for all skill levels, so everyone can enjoy Bear Lake winter activities together.

Ready to plan your weekend getaway to Bear Lake?

Bear Lake State Park

940 N Bear Lake Blvd, Garden City, UT 84028

Hours: 7am – 10pm Monday to Sunday

Need Directions? Bear Lake State Park

Still not convinced?

Learn about all the fun activities Bear Lake has to offer at the Bear Lake official website.

Or see what your Salt Lake City neighbors have to say about Bear Lake

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Been to Bear Lake already, and looking for more lakes to explore near you?

Check out our other post on all the lakes, rivers, and reservoirs across Utah to visit!


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