Bear Lake is a large, natural lake with a striking turquoise color. (Limestone particles suspended in the water are responsible for the interesting hue.) It is surrounded by low, lightly timbered mountains to the east and west, marshland to the north and flatlands with stands of cottonwoods to the south. Bear Lake's size, 20 miles long by 8 miles wide, makes it inviting to boaters, skiers and sailers. It also offers decent fishing for cutthroats, rainbows, mackinaw, and whitefish. A large marina and numerous rentals and outfitters offer everything you need to enjoy the lake. Bear Lake straddles the Utah/Idaho border in the upper northeast corner of Utah. It is 48 miles northeast over the Cache Mountains from Logan. The main season runs from June to September. Winter brings ice fishing and snowmobiling opportunities.
This historic site witnessed one of the most important accomplishments of the 19th century. On May 10, 1869, officials of the Central Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad met here to drive four symbolic spikes (two gold), celebrating the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. The event is re-enacted every year on the same date. The annual Railroader's Festival is held the second Saturday in August, and the Winter Steam Demonstration and Film Festival are the last weekend in December. Working replicas of the 1869 steam locomotives 'Jupiter' and '119' are in operation from May-October.
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