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Bear Lake County is a county in the state of Idaho. Based on the 2010 census, the county had a population of 5,986. The county was created in 1875 in the Idaho Territory, fifteen years before statehood. The county seat is Paris. Bear Lake county is named after Bear Lake.
Bear Lake County is named for Bear Lake, which lies partly within the county and partly within Utah.
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Established January 5, 1875 with its county seat at Paris. Named for Bear Lake, which lies half in Idaho and Half in Utah. In 1863 the first permanent settlement was at Paris, established by forty Mormon families who came in wagons, in ox carts and on foot over very difficult terrain from Cache Valley, Utah.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,049 square miles (2,720 km2), of which 975 square miles (2,530 km2) is land and 75 square miles (190 km2) (6.1%) is water.
Bear Lake county is located in southeast Idaho. Bear Lake, a large alpine lake at an elevation of 5,924 feet (1,806 m) above sea level. The northern half of the 20-mile-long (32 km) lake is in Idaho, the southern half in Utah. 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 over 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).
Bordering counties are as follows: