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YOU ARE INVITED to attend a public open house regarding management of Bear Lake in Rich County, Utah.


The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (FFSL) is updating the 2009 comprehensive management plan (CMP) for the state-owned, sovereign land sections of Bear Lake in Rich County, Utah. The ordinary high water mark (OHWM) of Bear Lake is generally recognized to be at 5,923.65 feet above mean sea level. The bed of Utah’s part of Bear Lake lying below the OHWM is sovereign land. Utah’s sovereign lands are owned by the state but held in trust for the public. FFSL is required to ensure that all uses on, beneath, or above the bed of Bear Lake are regulated to protect navigation, fish and wildlife habitat, aquatic beauty, public recreation, and water quality. The updated comprehensive management plan will ensure that FFSL uses the most recent scientific data and follows consistent guidance in managing Bear Lake’s resources.


FFSL will present information regarding the CMP process and seek public participation at an open house meeting in Rich County. We welcome your input! If you cannot attend the meeting in person, you may also make comments via the project website. Please visit for more details. The meeting will be held on:


  • Friday, September 27th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Garden City Town Offices (Lake View Room) at 69 N. Paradise Parkway in Garden City


An additional open house will be held in October in Salt Lake City, at a date and time yet to be determined. You will receive an email notification of this meeting when the details are known.


Please feel free to forward this invitation to other parties that may be interested or a more appropriate person in your organization. On behalf of FFSL, we hope you can join us.




Gretchen Semerad
Environmental Scientist

SWCA Environmental Consultants
257 East 200 South, Suite 200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
P 801.322.4307 | F 801.322.4308