Bear Lake North RV Park & Campground is an RV park in St. Charles, Idaho. It sits just a few minutes from the water's edge at Bear Lake. The area is green, and in the opposite direction of Bear Lake from the campground is the Bloomington Peak. The property has been in operation for around two decades.
The Bear Lake North RV Park & Campground is located in southern Idaho, in the small, rural town of St. Charles. The park is in a central location to many tourist activities in the area, such as Bear Lake a few minutes to the east, and Garden City, Utah, just ten miles south. Bear Lake North consists of 51 different sites. There are 30 RV sites, 3 cabins, and 18 tent sites. The RV sites have full hook-ups for electricity, water, and sewage, and the tent sites are all equipped with picnic tables and fire pits. The cabins are one-bedroom buildings with kitchen space, fully-functioning bathrooms, and a loft space for extra people to tag along in sleeping bags. There are also small televisions in each cabin. On-site bathrooms and showers are available for all guests. The showers are coin-based, adding up to roughly $0.50 per 6 minutes of showering time. There are also washing and drying machines that function by coinage. Bear Lake North RV Park & Campground is open from May to October. Their busiest month for business is in July. A small store is on-site, offering necessary camping supplies such as firewood and ice, in addition to small snacks and sodas for convenience. Some activities available in the campground are volleyball courts, basketball courts, and a playground. The city of St. Charles is a small, rural region. It doesn't have paved roads or sidewalks, and the population of the town is only around 120. Most people who visit are doing so for the various activities just outside of town, primarily Bear Lake. Minnetonka Cave is only 25 minutes away from Bear Lake North RV Park & Campground and is another area of interest for passing guests.
Bear Lake North RV Park & Campground strives for the same environment that St. Charles has, namely that of rural peacefulness. Kent Wilkes, the owner of the property, describes the area as "rural, small-town America." It's a grassy area, though it isn't in the middle of a forest or a similar environment. Such greenery can be found a short distance from the campground. Vast fields and clear, blue skies are familiar sights of the area. Bear Lake North RV Park & Campground is a very family-friendly property. The general culture of the campground is a lake goer's haven. Kent estimates that over 90% of visitors to Bear Lake North are there to take advantage of Bear Lake in some form or another. Bear Lake is a popular travel destination in the Utah/Idaho areas, ideal for boating and fishing. Yet beyond Bear Lake itself, the campground finds itself surrounded by other activities nearby. Garden City, Utah—known for its berries and quaint restaurants—is only ten miles to the south. Minnetonka Cave is a limestone cave a little further to the west of Bear Lake North. To the north, one can find the Oregon Trail Center. In Kent's words, "There's stuff to do in every direction." That central location makes Bear Lake North RV Park & Campground unique. Guest reviews show that they are pleased with the quiet atmosphere and proximity to many outdoor activities. They also praise the property for having reasonable rates.
In the early 2000s, the plot of land now known as Bear Lake North RV Park & Campground was a simple hayfield. The site was bought and developed by Fred Ball, who opened the campground. A short time later, ownership passed from his hands to the Robinsons, who in turn sold the property off to Kent & Masami Wilkes—the current owners of Bear Lake North. Kent got into the lodging industry because he had already been introduced to the tourist industry just out of college. He worked as a tour guide and translator in Los Angeles for a time before moving to Japan for a few years. Upon returning, he had strong desires to find a rural location where he could raise his family. Bear Lake North was up for sale, so he took the opportunity and has been managing the property since 2003.
Kent & Masami Wilkes
Fred Ball, The Robinsons