Take one look at the crystal-clear waters of Bear Lake and you could be forgiven for thinking you were on an idyllic Caribbean island rather than in Utah. This turquoise water is why Bear Lake is sometimes referred to as "the Caribbean of the Rockies", and is one of the many reasons why Bear Lake State Park is well worth a visit.
Found 130-odd miles north of Salt Lake City and near the Idaho border, this beautiful state park boasts three, distinct areas for both day and overnight use:
Rendezvous Beach is found in the southwestern corner
The Park's Eastside Areas include First Point, South Eden, Cisco Beach, Rainbow Cove, and North Eden
As you'd expect, the best fun to be had in Bear Lake State Park is on and around the lake itself. If you love swimming from sandy beaches, fishing, boating or just being anywhere near the water, you'll feel right at home here. Cisco Beach even offers some fantastic opportunities for inland scuba diving, making it worth a look for underwater enthusiasts.
A host of well-developed campgrounds sit adjacent to the lake, providing lovely spots for you to set up camp for a night or three. Your pet is also more than welcome to join you on your vacation, provided you make sure to follow all the relevant pet rules.
Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times, and you'll need to respect the rights of other park visitors and ensure that your pet is well behaved. Cleaning up after your canine companion and leaving no mess behind is also paramount.
If you're looking for a lakefront getaway you can enjoy with your four-legged friend, make sure to add Bear Lake State Park to your list of must-visit locations.