Level & Beach Access Info
Beach Access & Launching Map
The low lake level means
many new opportunities for recreation at Bear Lake. Low
water means more beach to have fun on. Not everything bad
comes from being in a drought cycle! The lake is still 20
miles long and 8 miles wide, meaning there is over 150
square miles of beautiful, pristine aqua blue water to
play on. The lake is over 200 feet deep and has only lost
18 feet, so unless we have a drought every year for
another 50 years, there will always be plenty of water for
recreation at Bear Lake.
Starting in 2002 the driving
of vehicles, including
ATV's, has been permitted on the most of the beach
areas around the lake to access the water. You can also
launch personal watercraft and small boats yourself, but
is not recommended due to the damage water can cause to
your vehicle and the risk of getting stuck. A better
option is to use a tractor to launch your boat. There are
many commercial tractor boat launching facilities
available around the lake.
For driving on the beach,
there are just a few simple rules to follow:
speed limit is 15 mph
- No vehicles are allowed to drive or
park within 100 feet of the water, except for launching
camping or parking between 10pm and 5am
- The purpose of driving on the beach
should be to access the water, not to cruise up and down
areas of the lake may be posted "CLOSED"
access the beach across private land, you must have
permission. There are many public access points also.
- Do not
leave any litter
Suggestions for driving on the beach:
- Watch out for soft sand or areas
that contain "white clay". The clay is next to impossible
to get out of. Tow trucks cost $100+. Only drive where
others have driven (as long as it's not in the white
clay). Most of the time you can get unstuck from normal
sand yourself by deflating the air from all four tires on
your vehicle to 10-15 psi, even if you have a two-wheel
drive. If you don't have a guage, the tires should look
fairly pudgy, but not totally flat. It may take a couple
of minutes for each tire to deflate depending on the
size. Deflating the tires increases its footprint by
250%, or basically like having 10 tires instead of 4.
This really works good in the sand! After getting
un-stuck, be sure to inflate your tires to their normal
pressure as soon as you get back on the road, usually to
30-50psi depending on your vehicle. The tire will have
the normal psi written on it, or it will be printed in
the door jam of your car. Drive slowly and carefully
until you can re-inflate your tires. You can also deflate
your tires to prevent from getting stuck in the first
place or as an extra precaution when launching
- Do not drive too close to the homes
along the beach. Even though their property ends at the
high water mark, please respect their privacy. The
privilege to drive on the beach (state land) is reviewed
each year and can be taken away at any time.
Currently the only place to
launch watercraft at the lake using a cement ramp is at
the newly expanded Utah State Marina in Garden City. You
can launch anywhere on the beach however at your own risk.
There are also plenty of tractor to launch your boat
around the lake.
If you would like to ride watercraft at Bear Lake but
don't want to deal with launching, we offer four on-site
rental locations where we have personal watercraft and
boats in the water ready to go for your convenience.