Bear Lake County, Idaho

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Bear Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2000 Census the county had a population of 6,411 (2008 estimate: 5,798).[1] The county seat is Paris,[2] and Montpelier is the largest city.

The county is named after Bear Lake, a 20-mile-long (32 km) alpine lake at an elevation of 5924 feet (1806 m) above sea level. The northern half of the lake is in Idaho, the southern half in Utah.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,049 square miles (2,716.9 km2), of which 971 square miles (2,514.9 km2) is land and 78 square miles (202.0 km2) (7.44%) is water. The county is centered around Bear Lake Valley and includes the surrounding mountain ranges. The valley is high in the mountains, with its lowest elevation at circa 5,900 feet (1,800 m) above sea level. The highest point in the county is Meade Peak at 9,957 feet (3,035 m) above sea level.

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