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Make a splash in Bear Lake

Water sports are the order of the day, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy Bear Lake. The sandy beaches that dot the shoreline are perfect for picnics and paddling, while various docks make it easy to launch speed boats and jet skis. If you don't want to share your slice of the lake, escaping to a Bear Lake vacation rentals property offers private beach access and uninterrupted views of the water. In winter, Bear Lake is dusted in snow, but the scene doesn't slow down. From ice fishing to snowmobiling along forest trails, you'll never be short on outdoor activities.

Tee off at Bear Lake

Open in spring, summer, and fall, Bear Lake is within striking distance of 3 top-tier golf courses. Bear Lake West is an eternal favorite, with waterside greens and a lively clubhouse. If you tire of the lakeside scene, why not day-trip to the nearby town of Paris? It's anchored by a characterful historic district where you'll find the ancient Tabernacle Historic Site. Filled with stalactites, stalagmites, and banded travertine, Minnetonka Cave offers a fascinating glimpse of subterranean Idaho.

Raspberry-strewn summers in Bear Lake

Bear Lake booms during the summer when flocks of sun seekers descend on its surrounding towns. Memorial Day to Labor Day sees crowds peak, especially during the annual Raspberry Days Festival. Held in the first week of August, the event features parades, rodeos, fireworks, dancing and even a "Miss Berry Princess" contest. Visit in winter and Bear Lake transforms into a snow-dusted wonderland. It's a great time to rug up and enjoy a relaxing vacation, or throw on your snow shoes and hit the trails.

Birdwatching in Bear Lake

When you arrive in Bear Lake, the first thing you'll notice is the intense turquoise color of the water. This is due to the presence of suspended limestone. With multilevel floor-to-ceiling windows and sun-drenched decks, Bear Lake vacation rentals make the most of the million-dollar views. Covering a 1700-acre footprint, Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a haven of marshlands, grassy fields, and dense forests. It's a birdwatcher's paradise, with the chance to spot sandhill cranes, herons, snowy egrets, white pelicans, and a variety of ducks and geese.