When thinking of lakes in Utah, most people think of the Great Salt Lake, or maybe Utah Lake. But the best lake for outdoor activity is probably Bear Lake, northeast of Logan and on the border between Utah and Idaho. The best time to visit Bear Lake is in July or August. At this point in the year, the water is warm, and you can park on the north side of the lake and spend a day on a beautiful sandy beach. The slope is so shallow that you can easily walk 100 feet off shore and the lake is only a few feet deep. Raspberry Days are usually the first weekend in August as well.
But Bear Lake has activities all year round. Even if the water isn't at it's warmest, during spring and fall there are plenty of places to go fishing, golfing, hiking, biking or bird watching. Even in the winter months, the Bear Lake area is great for snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing and ice skating. No matter what time of year you are in Northern Utah, you'll definitely find something fun to do at Bear Lake.
Less than one hour drive from the Temple:
Head northwest on N 300 E toward E 200 N
Turn right onto US-89 N/E 400 N
Continue to follow US-89 N
Turn left onto N 300 W
Destination will be on the left