“Outdoor Idaho” will take an in-depth look at one of Idaho’s unique places Thursday: Bear Lake, known as the “Caribbean of the Rockies” because of its turquoise water.
The naturally formed lake is topped by 21 feet of man-made reservoir that allows for storage of irrigation water needed in the summer across southeastern Idaho. The lake straddles the Idaho-Utah border.
“While Bear Lake has been compared to an emerald among the mountains, it was also called U.S. Reservoir #1 by Geological Survey director John Wesley Powell,” “Outdoor Idaho” host Bruce Reichert said in a press release. “And that helps explain some of the complexity surrounding this beguiling body of water, a remarkable blend of hydrology and geology.”
“Outdoor Idaho” producer Kris Millgate has vacationed at Bear Lake since childhood.
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“Bear Lake is a place I grew up with, and now my kids are growing up with it, too,” Millgate said. “When I started putting this show together, I worried about finding flare in something I’m so familiar with. Fortunately, I found that flare through the dedication of those who live at the lake I visit every summer.”
“Bear Lake: Caribbean of the Rockies” airs at 8 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Sunday on Idaho Public Television.