Your Ultimate Guide to The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

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Winter in Bear Lake is not just about snow-covered landscapes; join the excitement of bringing the legend to life with many fun activities. This annual celebration, set against the stunning backdrop of Bear Lake, offers a delightful mix of winter activities, live music, food, and a touch of mystery. Here's your comprehensive guide to making the most of the Bear Lake Monster Winterfest.

The Monster:

The legacy of the Bear Lake Monster spans more than a century, with its origins dating back to the 19th century and rooted in Native American Legends. In the late 1800s, John C. Rich penned numerous articles about the creature, later asserting that they were in jest. Many sightings have happened over the years with the most recent in 2002. In 1996, the Bear Lake monster was given the name 'Isabella' from a local school competition. Stay at Bear Lake Monster House, the only house in Bear Lake that features the Bear Lake monster!

The Basics:

  • When: January 26-28, 2024
  • Where: Garden City, Utah (most events take place at Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort & Event Center)

Event Schedule:


  • 9 am - 3 pm: Monster Winter Sports & Trails Day at Logan Canyon Sinks Area & Bear Lake Overlook. There will be fat-tire bikes, snowshoes, snowmobiles, and tubes (for the kids) provided by Epic Recreation, Beaver Creek Lodge, The Sportsman, Moose Buns, and Stokes Nature Center. Free hot cocoa & treats.
  • 5 pm - 8 pm: Monster Winterfest Social at Sunrise Resort & Event Center. Free family-friendly fun! Activities for children of all ages.
  • 5 pm - 8 pm: Monster Taste of Bear Lake at Sunrise Resort & Event Center. Local restaurant specialties – $3/ticket. A ticket is good for one redemption taste with local restaurants that will be set up throughout Sunrise Resort.
  • 8 pm: FIREWORKS at the Bear Lake State Park Marina


  • 6 am - 11 am: Monster Cisco Disco & Tournament at Cisco Beach. Free breakfast. Dip net for Cisco fish on the east side of Bear Lake at dawn then enter your BIGGEST little Cisco fish in the tournament. Kid category and adult category both have great prizes. No cost to enter the contest!
  • 10 am: Monster 5K at Utah State Park Marina. Discounts for advance registration and groups. Costume contest.
  • 10 am - 1 pm: Monster Chili Cook Off at Utah State Park Marina.
  • 10 am - 4 pm: Winterfest Village Market & Food Trucks at Utah State Park Marina.
  • 11 am - 3 pm: Monster Raffle at Utah State Park Marina. Every vehicle entering the marina will get a raffle ticket. Must be present to win.
  • 11 am - 12 pm: Monster Cardboard Boat Regatta Utah State Park Marina.
  • 1 pm: Monster Plunge at Utah State Park Marina.


  • 8 am - 11 am: Cody's Sweet Cream Pancake Breakfast at Cody's Gastro Garage. Adults $11, Seniors/12 & under $6!


Whether you're an adventure seeker, a foodie, or someone who loves soaking in the local culture, the Bear Lake Monster Winterfest has something for everyone. So, bundle up and embrace the chill.