Bear Lake, Idaho by rhoing

Bear Lake, Idaho

Our home base these last several days has been Brigham City, Utah. It seemed a shame not to visit Idaho. This was our first stop after crossing the state line, at Bear Lake Overlook SR-89 Rest Area (a visitor's center overlooking beautiful Bear Lake).

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» The National Oregon/California Trail Center at Montpelier, Idaho, » “Bear Lake is a natural freshwater lake on the Utah-Idaho border in the Western United States. About 109 square miles (280 km²) in size, it is split about equally between the two states; its Utah portion comprises the second-largest natural freshwater lake in Utah, after Utah Lake. The lake has been called the ‘Caribbean of the Rockies’ for its unique turquoise-blue color, which is due to the reflection of calcium carbonate (limestone) deposits suspended in the lake. Its water properties have led to the evolution of several unique species of fauna that occur only within the lake. Bear Lake is over 250,000 years old. It was formed by fault subsidence that continues today, slowly deepening the lake along the eastern side.

“Originally named ‘Black Bear Lake’ by Donald Mackenzie, an explorer for the North West Fur Company who discovered the lake in 1819, the name was later changed to Bear Lake. The lake is a popular destination for tourists and sports enthusiasts, and the surrounding valley has gained a reputation for having high-quality raspberries.” When we told a neighbor we were going to Bear Lake, she replied, “Enjoy the raspberry shakes!” … We did!

Surface elevation: 5,924 feet
Area:109 square miles
Length:18.33 miles
This lake would be fun to row, I think!

1 year ago (“Richard”):
2 years ago (“Roland”):
3 years ago (“Not what I expected!”):
4 years ago (“Spring fishfly”):
5 years ago (“Chester”):
6 years ago (“Memorial Day”):

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So pretty. On our honeymoon, we were 100 miles from Idaho. I suggested we go, but got shot down. :-(. I've never gotten there.
July 25th, 2017  
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