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About the Project

 

The Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management, in partnership with the Utah Department of Natural Resources, is planning to begin construction of an expansion to the Bear Lake marina in late 2023. Additional boat slips, launch ramps, and an increase in depth are all anticipated for the new marina. The alternatives process is underway, and depictions of the future marina alternatives will be posted on the project site as they become available. Public comments are welcome and can be submitted below.

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Thank you to all who were able to attend the public open house on Wednesday, November 16.
 

If you were unable to attend, view a copy of  the informational boards presented here.

Why are we expanding the marina?

The 2005 Bear Lake State Park Resource Management Plan originally identified the need for Marina expansion to accommodate additional visitors through expanded boat ramps and additional slip availability. In 2016, Utah State Parks completed a programming study to identify the scope and cost of a Marina Expansion. In 2022, funding was approved for the Marina Expansion project. There are several key points supporting the expansion and improvement of the marina:

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Improved Lake Access

The current marina does not adequately support boat launches when water levels are low. An additional boat ramp is needed for future recreational access. The expanded area of the marina will be deeper than the existing marina to accommodate larger boats and all water conditions.

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Protection of the Water Resource

Busy days on the lake lead some boaters to launch their watercraft outside the marina; in turn, they forgo important inspections for invasive species that may affect the biology of the lake. Improved access will lead to proper inspection.

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Safety

Recent re-configurations of the existing marina entrance and exit have improved conditions, but any marina expansion work will necessitate future traffic studies. An expanded marina will provide emergency services with quicker access to the lake and boaters with a quicker evacuation method in the event of sudden inclement weather.

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Increased Capacity

Increased visitation over the past several years requires additional boat slips and parking for vehicles and boat trailers.

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Project Area Map

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