Bear Lake Water Sports

The crystal-clear water of Bear Lake is so unusual! You will need to experience it for yourself to believe it! The lake is called the Caribbean of the Rockies for a reason. Because of the calcium and limestone minerals, the water reflects the sky. If there is a clear blue day the water reflects the turquoise blue sky, if there are clouds, they reflect in 100’s of different colors making it one of the most unique looking lakes in the world.

Because the lake is fed by spring water, it is also one of the cleanest lakes anywhere. The water temperatures start to warm up in June and are perfect for all types of water sports through mid-September. But when the water is cold you can still paddleboard or rent a pontoon boat and explore the lake on the calm glass like days of spring and fall.


Boating is a popular activity at Bear Lake because the lake is 20 miles long and 8 miles wide, providing plenty of space for all watercrafts. There are 7 boat ramps located around the lake which make launching your boat easy.
Jet Skis and wave runners are popular water sports on the lake. They can be rented at locations in Garden City, Utah and some right on the beach.
A summer day spent at the beach will refresh you and your family. Be sure to bring a sun umbrella, towels, a picnic lunch, and water toys. Mornings and evenings are some of the nicest times at the beach and not as crowded as mid-day.


Water skiing, surfing (behind a boat), and tubing are favorite sports on the lake. There is plenty of space for everyone on this large lake, spread out so you have a whole area to your group.

Sailing is exceptional on Bear Lake. It has always been a favorite because of the breezy summer afternoons. Glide along and enjoy the spectacular sunsets too.

If you would like more information about swimming, boating, picnic activities at Bear Lake visit Bear Lake State Park-Idaho and Bear Lake State Park -Utah

Paddleboarding on Bear Lake
Jet skiing on Bear lake
Bear Lake Marina