There's a lot of unique and interesting information about Bear Lake. It
straddles the Utah/Idaho border, slightly more of the lake is located on the
Utah side. Certainly the most commercialized parts of Bear Lake are on the
Utah side (marina for example).
Garden City, Utah is probably the un-official town of Bear Lake. Most of
the restaurants, shops and stores are located in and around Garden City.
The area around the lake is know for their Bear Lake Raspberries. Google
Earth says that it's about 32 miles (48 minutes) from North Pole Loop to the
center of town in Utah. Oh, and make sure you learn more about "Raspberry
Days" and plan for the fireworks, rodeo and a lot of eating.
You can see just from this satellite image, the lake is a brilliant blue,
similar to waters you might see in the Caribbean. In fact it is "often
called the Caribbean of the Rockies for its intense turquoise blue water."
Apparently this is due to large amounts of
limestone suspended in the water. This website says "Bear
Lake has a unique water chemistry with a high amount of dissolved solids, mainly
precipitated carbonates, which reflect blue light creating the beautiful
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Bear Lake is very old, and
somewhat deep. It's average is only 83 feet, but in the deepest locations,
it is ~213 feet. I also read that early Pioneers thought that there was a
channel in the lake which connected it with Loch Ness in Scotland.
This allowed the Loch Ness Monster to move freely between Bear Lake and Loch
Ness, which would explain the
Bear Lake Monster.
Yes, Bear Lake has a monster. No, I've never seen it.
Since the lake is so isolated, several species of fish exist in the lake
which are unique only to Bear Lake. The lake is apparently quite a unique
endemically endowed body of water. Bear Lake is host to five unique
endemic species of fish The Bonneville Cisco, Bonneville Whitefish, Bear Lake
Bear Lake Sculpin, and the Bear Lake Cutthroat.