Nature & Outdoors
Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge
The 18,000-acre refuge is comprised mainly of a bulrush marsh, open water, and flooded meadows of sedges, rushes, and grasses. The interspersion of bulrush, open water and uplands provides ideal habitat for numerous waterfowl and shorebird species.
entrance 2 miles east of Paris, Idaho on local road, Paris, ID
Year-round during daylight hours
Bear Lake State Park
Bear Lake is the Caribbean of the Rockies with stunning turquoise water and white sandy beaches. This is Utah’s second largest freshwater lake, nearly 20 miles long and 8 miles wide. This popular resort destination offers boating, jet skiing, scuba diving, fishing, swimming, and sailing in the summer. Watercraft, sailboats, and ski boats can be rented in town and on the beaches. Winter recreation includes snowmobiling and skiing in nearby Logan Canyon and ice fishing on the lake. The area is famous for its delicious raspberries. Enjoy a raspberry shake and other raspberry products.
41 miles east of Logan, along Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway, U.S. Hwy. 89, on the Utah/Idaho border
Visit the Bear Lake Visitors Bureau website.
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is located in northern Utah, where the Bear River flows into the Great Salt Lake. The Refuge protects the largest freshwater wetlands of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. Since these wetlands are surrounded by arid desert lands, it is little wonder that they have always been an oasis for waterfowl and shorebirds. Over 250 species of birds call this 76,000-acre Refuge home.
The best times to visit the Refuge are during the spring and fall but summer can be very good as well. The Visitors Center is also a great educational resource.
From Interstate 15 at Brigham City, take exit #363 (Forest Street) and turn west., Brigham City
Auto tour daylight hours year-around / Visitors Cntr Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. / Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. / Closed Sundays & Federal Holidays
Beaver Mountain Ski Resort
One mile off Highway 89, on SR 243, you will arrive at the cozy lodge of Beaver Mountain Ski Area. The Seeholzer family has operated this charming resort since the days when skiing meant sliding around on narrow wooden boards attached to your foot with a 2-inch piece of inner-tube. The resort first opened in 1939. Harold Seeholzer dreamed of a lift running all the way to the top of Beaver Mountain. The “Harry’s Dream” lift was built in his honor. Beaver Mountain currently runs four chairlifts and is a winter tradition among thousands of devoted skiers.
Beaver Mountain is not the sprawling mega-resort like you find in Park City and other Utah locales but it offers wonderful runs, great Utah snow, shorter lift lines and less burden on your pocket-book. It is one of Utah’s best kept winter secrets.
Highway 89 in Logan Canyon (26 miles east of Logan and 15 miles west of Garden City), Logan Canyon
Camping / Picnicking
More than 383 camp sites, 27 parks, and many picnic areas are located in Cache Valley and nearby Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Campgrounds in Logan Canyon are run by the U.S. Forest Service. Some take reservations and others do not. Even those taking reservations, reserve a certain number of camp sites as first come, first serve.
Click Campgrounds & RV Parks for site information.
Hyrum State Park
Canoe and boat rentals available during summer months. Call for details.
This beautiful 450-acre manmade lake offers boating, year-round fishing, waterskiing, camping, and swimming. Facilities include a 32-unit campground with one ADA site, modern restrooms, showers, a concrete boat ramp, and a sandy beach. A group camping area is available by reservation for reunions and parties. The park is located only 15 minutes from downtown Logan. Blacksmith Fork Canyon and Hardware Ranch Elk Refuge are only 16 miles to the east.
405 West 300 South, Hyrum
Ice fishing is a popular cold weather activity in Cache Valley. The sport requires some generally inexpensive equipment for boring a hole in the ice plus a special ice fishing rod.
The following locations in Cache Valley offer excellent opportunities to catch fish through the ice: Newton Reservoir for bluegill, bass, trout and tiger musky; Hyrum Reservoir for yellow perch and trout; and Porcupine Reservoir for trout and Kokanee salmon.
Logan Aquatic Center
Logan’s outdoor swimming complex features a leisure pool, lap pool, diving well, and two water slides. (Available for private party rental.)
451 South 500 West, Logan
Open June - August, Call for hours
Mountain Valley Trout Farm
1471 West U.S. Hwy 281, Smithfield
Your one-stop and best stop for all your fly fishing needs.
Equipment - Rods & Reels - Lures - Lessons - Guided Fishing Trips
530 South Main, Logan
Stokes Nature Center
Discover a piece of natural history or take in the beauty of the surrounding area at Stokes Nature Center. You can make friends with live reptiles and amphibians, learn amazing things about rocks and fossils, and enjoy the native plants and animals along the Logan River. You are never too old or too young to explore nature.
2696 East US Hwy 89 (1 mile up Logan Canyon from the city of Logan), Logan
Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: 2nd Sat. of each month 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Willow Park Zoo
Willow Park has one of the greatest waterfowl collections in the region, showcasing more than 100 species. The setting offers walkways among shady willow trees and children can feed the ducks, geese, and trout. See lemurs, red fox, coyotes, elk, bald eagles, deer, bobcats, and more. Picnic and playground areas are adjacent to the zoo.
419 West 700 South, Logan
Daily 9 a.m. - dusk: Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years
Small admission fee