North Beach at Bear Lake State Park gets over 300,000 visitors per year. Photo courtesy of Idaho State Parks.

GARDEN CITY – Bear Lake Watch is having their annual meeting on Saturday, June 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sunrise Resort in Harbor Village.

Despite concerns about dropping water levels and potential lakeside development, summer visitors continue to flock to the blue waters of Bear Lake.

They will be serving small plates of food while giving a presentation on the history of the lake.

David Cottle and his wife Claudia are currently the executive directors of the organization.

“This annual dinner is for the donors,” he said. “We will be talking about how the lake operates as a reservoir.”

He said they are expecting 75 to 80 people to attend the meeting.

“We send out 2,000 emails and have about a thousand donors,” he said. “People don’t RSVP like they used to do so we don’t know if we are going to have 10 people or 110 people.”

The organization is interested in Bear Lake conservation and the last one they held was on a grassy beach.

The search is ongoing for a new executive director.

“We have a number of good applicants. We have finished the telephone interviews and are moving on the in-person interviews,” he said. “We are starting to narrow it down.”

He said as far as Bear Lake goes, Rocky Mountain Power is carefully monitoring the lake levels.

“Everyone is being conservation minded,” he said. “One day they might have one pump going and sometimes they have two pumps going.”

Rocky Mountain Power recently shut the pumps off because of the weekend rains.

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