Bear Lake / North Beach - Camp, Canoe, Kayak, and Swim near Saint Charles, Idaho
Montpelier, ID 83254, USA,Saint Charles,Idaho
42.1177073579384, -111.290946006775
5.0 miles E of Saint Charles, Idaho
Address: Montpelier, ID 83254, USA
GPS: 42°7'3.7"N 111°17'27.4"W
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State: Idaho

Camp, Canoe, Kayak, and Swim

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.

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From Saint Charles, Idaho

  1. Head north on US-89 N/N Main St toward 200 N (0.7 mi)
  2. Turn right onto N Beach Rd (5.2 mi)

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.

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