Why are we expanding the marina?
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. 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:
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.
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.
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.
Increased visitation over the past several years requires additional boat slips and parking for vehicles and boat trailers.
Anticipated Marina Expansion Schedule
In February 2023, a site was selected for the marina expansion.
Click here to view the site expansion concept map and read more information about the site.