Bear LakeLooking for a quick getaway?
Just over the mountain is a recreational playground with dozens of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy — both in and out of the water.

The crown jewel of the historic area is Bear Lake. It’s been called the “Caribbean of the Rockies,” and is known for it’s intense turquoise blue water.

Whether you are looking for a place to camp, a beach to a build sand castle on, a scenic byway drive, a great fishing hole, a cave to explore, a fantastic milkshake, a trail to ride ATV, bicycle or horseback on, or good old-fashioned melodramatic entertainment, Bear Lake is sure to please.

2014 Bear Lake summer events:

April 30th: Bar J Wranglers performs at the Allinger Community Theatre in Montpelier, Idaho, call 208.847.3800 for more information.

May 31st: Bear Lake Shake! Located at the State Park marina. Activities include sailboat races, motorboat poker run, and more. For more information or to register for an event contact Bear Lake State Park at 435.946.3343.

June 7th: Utah Free Fishing Day. For more information, visit

June 10th: Idaho Free Fishing Day. For more information, visit

July 3rd: Woodruff Rodeo at 5 p.m. Dance at the City Park 9:30 p.m. For more information call 435.793.4395.

July 4th: Paris 4th of July Celebration at the Paris Rodeo Grounds: chuckwagon breakfast at 6 a.m., pageant at Paris Tabernacle at 11 a.m., parade at 1 p.m., youth rodeo at 3 p.m. Call 208.945.2507 for more information.

July 4th: Woodruff 4th of July Celebration, parade at 9 a.m., Dutch oven dinner at 11 a.m., rodeo at 2 p.m. Call 435.793.4395 for more information.

July 4th: 34th-annual KVSI Fun Run, call 208.847.1450 for more information.

July 19th: Bear Lake County Annual Salmon BBQ at St. Charles City Park. New this year will be a 5k “Salmon Run,” along with traditional craft booths and local entertainment.

July 31st and Aug. 1st – 2nd: Bear Lake Raspberry Days Festival in Garden City. Parade, fireworks, craft fair, golf tournament and dances.

Aug. 13th: Concert by Saddle Strings at the Allinger Community Theatre in Montpelier, Idaho. Call 208.847.3800 for more information.

Aug. 14th-16th: Rich County Fair in Randolph. Rodeos, fireworks, livestock sale, parade, home art displays, movie in the park and Dutch oven cook-off. Call 435.881.3184 for more information.