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Bear Lake - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Bear Lake, Bear Valley, CA 95223, USA

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About Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a lake in Alpine County and has an elevation of 7,267 feet. The lake is formed by snow melt, so the water is very cold until well into the summer. It’s regularly planted with trout – making for some great fishing here on 180 surface acres with an average depth of about 40 feet. Hikers enjoy the four-mile trail around the lake.


Attractions Near Bear Lake

Skyline Bear Valley Resort
Skyline Bear Valley Resort2.12km from Bear Lake

Bear Valley is a friendly and relaxing High Sierra escape located in the beautiful Central Sierra Mountains. The alpine ski area and a portion of the real estate in the village of Bear Valley was owned by an investment partnership led by a Canadian company. Winter activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and backcountry adventures.

Lake Alpine SNO-PARK
Lake Alpine SNO-PARK2.6km from Bear Lake

The Lake Alpine Sno-Park is located at the winter closure gate on Highway 4 in Alpine County, within the Stanislaus National Forest near Ebbetts Pass and the Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort. It is a great place to go for family friendly snow play. Great for cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snow play, and snowmobiling.

Stanislaus National Forest
Stanislaus National Forest3.59km from Bear Lake

Stanislaus National Forest is a U.S. National Forest which manages 898,099 acres of land in four counties in the Sierra Nevada in Northern California. Stanislaus National Forest contains 1,4303.3 square miles of land within the Sierra Nevada Range. Most of the forest is within Tuolumne County, though it extends into parts of Alpine, Calaveras, Mono, and Mariposa counties. Two ski resorts, Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley, operate here under a special use permit.

Lake Alpine
Lake Alpine3.65km from Bear Lake

Lake Alpine is a popular recreation area along Highway 4 in the Stanislaus National Forest. With 180 surface acres of glistening mountain water, Lake Alpine attracts anglers and boaters, campers and hikers, swimmers and sight seers. At an elevation of 7,350 feet, summer temperatures are mild.

Utica Reservoir
Utica Reservoir6.04km from Bear Lake

Utica reservoir is the sister to Union Reservoir, and is located just off Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway. Small and very picturesque, it has a rocky, wooded shoreline and many islands that are fun to paddle to and explore. Only non-motorized boating is allowed here. Being forest service land, camping is allowed almost any place that is not marked as no camping, including a few islands.

Duck Lake
Duck Lake6.28km from Bear Lake

Duck Lake lies in a glacial cirque, surrounded on three sides by peaks with its outlet on the far side. As a result, camping around Duck Lake is limited. Reflections across the expanse of Duck Lake are mesmerizing when they happen. You can continue backpacking from here by heading towards Purple Lake and Lake Virginia, or you can day hike around the area or simply enjoy being lakeside in the wilderness for awhile.

Where is Bear Lake

Discover More Attractions in Alpine County, Where Bear Lake Is Located

Alpine County
Alpine County
52 attractions

This is the least populous county in California state. There are no incorporated cities in the county.

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