October 2017 Update from Water’s Edge Resort
To celebrate the upcoming winter season at the Water’s Edge Resort, we are giving away two amazing winter vacations! Two families will win their own getaway in our luxurious Bear Lake condos, breakfast at Cody’s Gastro Garage, and day passes for the family (up to 6 people) to choose between skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling! Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy winter at the premier Bear Lake lodging.
Visit our Facebook Post with information about how to enter. Hurry, the winners will be selected on December 15th!
There are some fun events happening this winter at Bear Lake. Mark your calendars with the following activities:
- A Night Out at Cody’s Gastro Garage: Check out our website, Facebook and Instagram pages to find out what our monthly event will be for November.
- Jim Curry presents John Denver’s “A Rocky Mountain Christmas” – December 13th at 4:00 PM.
- Bear Lake Monster Winterfest – Coming in January! More details to come.
Book Your Winter Stay With Us:
Whether you are coming up here to blaze trails on snowmobiles, or get some powder turns in at Beaver Mountain, Water’s Edge Resort is the best Bear Lake lodging option for an enjoyable trip. Our brand new luxurious condos are now available to rent. You can reserve the condos by calling us, or using the Airbnb links below.
2 Bedroom Condo (Sleeps 6)
3 Bedroom Condo (Sleeps 11)
The Water’s Edge Resort sales office will officially open this month. Call us at 435-946-3550 to schedule a tour of the brand new Bear Lake condos.
Update from Our Friends at Bear Lake Watch:
Bear Lake Watch is group of locals committed to keeping Bear Lake unique and pristine. They have some great resources and updates on their website. Please visit http://www.bearlakewatch.com/ to stay informed. Below is their recent update about the lake.
We’re 1 ft. down!
Lake elevation at 5921.32
The lake has dropped 1 foot from it’s high for this year; 5922.32 (July 8th) to 5921.32 (September 8th) in exactly 2 months.
The lake is being lowered slowly, by gravity flow… but why? Why let this water out at all?
Way back in the early 1900s, when the power company was trying to get the rights to use Bear Lake as their storage facility and divert the Bear River into it, they were only able to get the approval by combining, irrigation, power generation and flood control.
Therefore, if flooding occurs downstream, the power company is held liable for damages if they have not made enough “space” in Bear Lake to hold a reasonable volume of the spring runoff.
Nobody has any idea of how much of a runoff we will have until we get deep into winter! So, why don’t they just wait until late winter or spring to make the releases? Answer: There are physical limits to how fast they can evacuate the water out of the lake (it takes months) AND physical limits to the capacity to sections of the river at which it will FLOOD!
Isn’t there a solution? For several years the Bear Lake Watch and the other Bear Lake Settlement partners have been investigating ways to improve this situation.
There are talks underway for PacifiCorp to “re-manage” the river system in a manner that could help alleviate this problem and allow more water to be kept in the lake over the winter and for the long run. Hopefully, this can be resolved in time to save our water this year.
This would be good for the lake as the winter storms and ice provide its strongest power to clean and reclaim the lakebed. When the lake is high over the winter, these forces are applied at its original boundaries instead of hundreds of feet out into the lake.
Progress – we hope!
Watch for more,
Claudia & David