Bear Lake is a natural fresh-water lake on the Utah-Idaho boarder. It is the second largest fresh-water lake in Utah, and is 48 miles around (if you were to ride a bicycle around the lake – which I’ve done twice!). But one of the characteristics that stands out most about this lake is the deep blue color. It is gorgeous… like water from the Bahamas.
There are a couple great lake access points. One is Garden City Park (on the UT side). There is a nice park here with a boardwalk that goes to a small-ish beach access point. The park is nice for the kids with a playground, pavilions, good parking and bathrooms. Beautiful scenery.
The second place would be North Beach (on the Idaho side) which I believe you pay a small fee to park. The beach is more sandy and spread out, so there is more room there to find a spot away from the crowd, and the water is shallow and fun to play in.
Bear Lake West Golf Club
Just North of the Utah / Idaho boarder on the West side of the lake is Bear Lake West, a golf club community. Our family has a cabin in this area, so we’ve always enjoyed the amenities of the community, but guests are welcome also to take advantage of the golf course, pool, hot tub, restaurant and of course the amazing view of Bear Lake.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Minnetonka Cave is open for tours. It is about an hour drive from Garden City. Bring cash / check because they do not accept cards. But the cave is worth a trip to walk through with a tour guide. It has over 1000 stairs, but the trail inside is paved in most places and has hand rails… so as long as you can do stairs it is safe and fun for the entire family.
Get a Famous Raspberry Milk Shake
Garden City has some serious skills for raspberry milkshakes. There are three main places you can pick up a milkshake when you visit Bear Lake.
- LaBeau’s: 69 N Bear Lake Blvd, Garden City, UT 84028
- Quick N Tasty: 28 N Bear Lake Blvd, Garden City, UT 84028
- Home Town Drive In: 105 N Bear Lake Blvd, Garden City, UT 84028
21 E 75 N, Garden City, UT 84028 . Fantastic Mexican food. We love Cafe Sabor.