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Some people may not consider Idaho the perfect getaway; however, there's a hidden gem in St. Charles that's a water lover’s absolute paradise. Packed fun of fun outdoor activities, Bear Lake State Park is only minutes from Montpelier and a variety of shopping and restaurants. Be sure to book an RV in Bear Lake County and spend some time camping at Bear Lake State Park.
The park is situated close to the Utah and Wyoming border, making it easy to visit three states within a weekend of motorhome camping. Salt Lake City is only 133 miles away, or about two and a half hours south of Bear Lake State Park whereas Jackson, Wyoming is about 134 miles away, about two and a half hours north. The bustling city of Pocatello, Idaho is about two hours northwest of the park.
Spending the weekend camping at Bear Lake State Park is an excellent way to relax no matter what time of year you visit. Bear Lake is situated in both Idaho and Utah and has intense turquoise water that has been dubbed the Caribbean of the Rockies. Relaxing on the lake while boating, canoeing, or kayaking is a favored activity of park visitors. Be sure to have your watercraft checked out at the park office before entering the water.
Anglers of all ages head to Bear Lake State Park for fantastic fishing opportunities. Cast your line in hopes of catching salmon, trout, chinook, or steelhead. You can fish from certain areas along the banks of Bear Lake or head out in a boat and drop your line in deeper waters. Ask the park office about locations for fly fishing. Come during the winter when the lake is frozen for ice fishing. Bring along a net or bucket to try to capture the Bonneville Cisco, an elusive fish found in very few places, including Bear Lake.
Don't forget to pack your hiking shoes in the rental RV so you can wander the well-maintained trails that wind through the park. Visitors can follow a loop trail that overlooks Bear Lake and snap some fantastic selfies of the pristine turquoise water in the background. Pick up a trail guide at the park office when you arrive.
If you don't have your own rig, you can find an RV rental near Bear Lake State Park and head over to the park for the weekend or spend an entire week. This state park RV campground features 47 sites, some of which come with electric and water hookups. The maximum length for motorhomes is 78 feet, though maximum length varies between sites. Campground amenities include restrooms, showers, a dump station, picnic tables, and drinking water.
The Bear Lake North RV Park and Campground is located just minutes from Bear Lake State Park and is a full-service RV Park. Full hookups, including 30-amp electric, sewer, and water, are available. There are a few campsites with 50-amp service. Modern showers and a laundry room are accessible for campers.
Located about 20 minutes from Bear Lake State Park, Montpelier Creek KOA Journey is a great alternative to state park RV camping. Campers can enjoy Wi-Fi and lounge near the pool. Full hookups include 50-amp service, water, and sewer. Bring your four-legged companion along and they can enjoy the dog park.
While RV camping at Bear Lake State Park, visitors should take the time to visit Utah and Wyoming since their borders are close to the park. The Limber Pine Nature Trail in Garden City, Utah is a one-and-a-half-mile loop that allows visitors the opportunity to meander through nature. There are several interpretive signs along the trail for hikers to learn about the fauna and flora of the area. The entire hike along the Limber Pine Nature Trail should last about an hour, and restrooms are located at the beginning of the trail.
Drive to Teton County, Wyoming and visit the National Elk Refuge. This refuge was created in 1912 to provide sanctuary to one of the largest herds of elk within the United States. In 1968, the National Elk Refuge began holding ElkFest, where antlers collected throughout the refuge and then auctioned off in the Jackson Town Square. Elkfest is held the weekend before Memorial Day weekend.
Stay in Idaho and visit the Idaho Museum of Natural History. This is the official state museum of natural history and is housed on the Idaho State University campus in Pocatello. The museum was founded in 1934 and has several permanent exhibits that celebrate earth science, life science, anthropology, and paleontology.
When you're ready to get back on the road again, be aware that the nearest gas stations and stores are about a 30-minute drive away, on the opposite side of the lake. The nearest major routes are Highway 89 to the west and Highway 30 to the east, both of which will take you south into Utah or east into Wyoming.