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

ST. CHARLES – North Beach, located east of St. Charles, Idaho at Bear Lake State Park, has implemented a day-use reservation system as of May 2. Visitors can make day-use reservations for the entire season online. People will still be admitted on a first-come first-serve basis but if a reservation is made space will be made available.

Andrew Stokes the Park Ranger at North Beach said he is expecting a record numbers visitors at North Beach this year.

North Beach gets over 300,000 visitors a year so Idaho officials decided to implement a reservation system to ensure people can have a spot to enjoy the lake.

The gradual slope of the lake bottom provides a huge swimming area making it attractive for recreationalists. Ramps are also available for boaters and water skiers who want to play in the water, too. The area also accommodates personal grills for cooking meals.

Anyone who has tried to visit the park during summer months can attest that it gets busy, fast,” said Park Ranger Andrew Stokes. “Each weekend we are full by about 10 a.m. and have to turn cars away due to over-capacity. A reservation would give visitors peace of mind and guaranteed entry into the park.”

The system is set up to accommodate an average of 700 vehicle permits per day, but that number is subject to fluctuating water levels and lake height.

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

“North Beach is the largest and nicest beach the lake has to offer,” he said. “It is the shallowest and warmest water in the lake and it lends itself to young families.”

Children can wade out for a way because it doesn’t get very deep. The park is about a mile and half of sandy beach.

With the water in Lake Powell and other reservoirs so low and the rise in gas prices being so expensive we are expecting record crowds,” Stokes said. “All of our loading docks should be able to launch boats. We are going to be in good shape.”

Guests are also encouraged to explore other areas of the lake and visit East Beach, which will not be a part of the reservation system.

Reservations will cost $10 for Idaho residents and $20 for non-residents. This price includes the daily motor vehicle entrance fee (MVEF). For those with the Idaho State Park Passport on their vehicle, MVEF will be omitted and the cost will be $3; for annual pass holders, the cost will be $6.

To access the parking permit reservation system, visit, search for Bear Lake State Park under “Go Camping,” and select the Daily Entrance options.

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