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View of Bear Lake from the surrounding mountains
Map of Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a lake within the American states of Idaho and Utah.

Bear Lake is located on the border of Utah and Idaho and is ideal for marathon swimming with the clean and beautiful blue water. The lake is at an elevation of 5,924 feet (1,806 meters). Its area is approximately 109 square miles (282 km²). Because of its higher elevation its water temperature is typically much colder than many other lakes situated in the Wasatch Front. Due to its size, it is not as congested with ski boats and other fast moving watercraft, as other smaller reservoirs in the area. This makes Bear Lake an ideal place for open water swimming.

Open Water Swimming[edit]

The Bear Lake Swimming Association is responsible for observing and recognizing Bear Lake Crossings. Whether that be a width (7 miles), or a length (19 miles (30.5 km)) In July the association organizes the [Bear Lake Monster Swim] event where swimmers can race the width and also get their name listed in this, the records for all Bear Lake Crossings.

Logged Crossings (Length approximately 19 miles) "Monster Slayer"[edit]

Swimmer Name Date Time Details
1 Neal Phelps (Assisted) July 18, 2009 13:00 http://www.epilepsy.com/newsfeeds/view/7174
2 John Quackenbush August 10, 2009 15:00 http://binza.blogspot.com/2009/08/successful-swim-for-john-quackenbush.html
3 James Jonsson July 22, 2010 8:43:26 http://www.utahopenwater.com/2010/07/james-jonssons-account-of-his-bear-lake.html
4 Gordon Gridley September 5, 2011 11:13:15 http://gordsswimlog.blogspot.com/2011/09/labor-day-bear-lake-crossing-19-miles.html
5 Goody Tyler IV August 30, 2014 13:08:05 http://goody4.blogspot.com/2014/08/29aug14-slaying-monster.html
6 Chad Starks September 25, 2014 13:09:06 Observer's Notes
7 Will Reeves September 7, 2015 9:49:42 Josh's Notes
8 Joelle Beard July 30, 2016 11:21:31 First Female Crossing, Fastest Female Crossing

Logged Relay Crossings (Length approximately 19 miles)[edit]

Relay # Team Name / Swimmers Date Time Details
1 Utah girls (Lisa Gentile, Sarah Jones, Chelsea Carmichael, Dominique Maack, Joelle Beard, Sarah Goldberg) Six person record September 7, 2015 8:27 http://saltlakeopenwater.blogspot.com/2015/09/first-annual-bear-lake-length-relay.html
2 SLOW men (Chad Starks, Josh Green, Gordon Gridley) Three person record September 7, 2015 10:14:54 http://www.utahopenwater.com/2015/09/bear-lake-relay-swim.html

Logged Double Width Crossings (13.5 miles) "Monster Hunter"[edit]

Swimmer Name Date Time Details
1 Joelle Beard - (Womens record) September 27, 2011 6:30
2 Gordon Gridley July 21, 2012 7:25:14 http://gordsswimlog.blogspot.com/2012/07/new-bear-lake-width-crossing-record-and.html
3 James Jonsson - (Mens record) September 15, 2012 5:35:55 http://www.bearlakeswimmingassociation.com/crossings-records
4 Kelly Gneiting August 25, 2014 16:13:00
5 Lisa Gentile September 1, 2014 6:44:49
(5)x2 Lisa Gentile July 25, 2015 8:41:57 http://gordsswimlog.blogspot.com/2015/07/piloting-three-double-crossers-and.html
6 Sarah Jones (Assisted) July 25, 2015 8:41:57 http://gordsswimlog.blogspot.com/2015/07/piloting-three-double-crossers-and.html
7 Chad Starks July 25, 2015 8:41:57 http://gordsswimlog.blogspot.com/2015/07/piloting-three-double-crossers-and.html

Logged Crossing Records (Width approximately 10 KM) "Monster Swimmers"[edit]

Current Record Name Date Time Details
Fastest Male Crossing Deni Cullom July 19, 2014 2:19:47 http://www.bearlakemonsterswim.com/p/results.html
Fastest Female Crossing Chelsea Carmichael July 19, 2014 2:26:17 http://www.bearlakemonsterswim.com/p/results.html
Fastest Male Crossing (Assisted) Elliot Person July 16, 2016 2:42:09 http://www.bearlakemonsterswim.com/p/results.html
Fastest Female Crossing (Assisted) Anna Forest July 16, 2016 2:40:16 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
Youngest Monster Swimmer Sam Gridley Sep 2, 2019 14 yrs, 2 mo, 9 days http://gordsswimlog.blogspot.com/2019/09/sams-first-open-water-marathon.html
Queen of the Monster (Most width Crossings - female) Joelle Beard Brown 11 crossings (as of 7/20/2020) Unassisted swims only and includes doubles
King of the Monster (Most width Crossings - Male) Gordon Gridley 9 crossings (as of 7/20/2020) Unassisted swims only and includes doubles

For complete listing of all Monster Swimmers visit: http://www.bearlakemonsterswim.com/p/monster-swimmer-list.html

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