The Countdown is ON!

LodgeExteriorKash and Margie Johnson began their rendezvous adventure in the early 1980s when they took on management roles at the rugged Spirit Lake Lodge near Flaming Gorge.  It was here that they met Two Eagles, who made his living selling bead work at nationwide rendezvous gatherings.


Kash attended his first rendezvous in 1982 and it did not take long before he caught the fever and mountain man blood pulsed through his veins. kashRendezvous quickly became a tradition that extended to Kash and Margie’s children, extended family and grandchildren and has been a huge part of their lives for over three decades.

If you ask Kash about his attitude toward learning history in school, he will tell you that he did not much care for it. At a museum, you find static history, with placards and displays. There is nothing to explain why or how something happened. Now, you could say he is some sort of fanatic, particularly about the fur trade era. school

The Bear Lake Rendezvous is LIVING HISTORY. It’s helping people learn about the rich and colorful moments of the fur trade era on the hallowed ground of 2 rendezvous past.


blr.2015.camplayoutThe 2015 Bear Lake Rendezvous is Aug. 21-23. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the event remains open until sundown.

Guests and visitors to the Bear Lake Rendezvous DO NOT have to be dressed in period correct clothing. Flip flops and shorts are fine. However, anyone wishing to enter free needs to be dressed accordingly and traders and primitive campers must maintain pre-1840 attire.

For a one time $40.00 fee, self contained trailer camping (tin tipi) is available for the week August 19-24th. Campers are free to come and go. This is the BEST value on the lake. Rendezvous Beach  is only 3 miles from our campsite.


raffleDAILY ACTIVITIES

  • 8:00 a.m. Flag Ceremony
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. –  Fun shoots/Bring a blanket prize
  • 10:00 a.m. – runs all day –  Archery Fun Shoot
  • Archery Carp Shoot – all day/all weekend
  • Knife and Hawk – all day/all weekend
  • Women of the Fur Trade Demonstrations
  • Parfleche/Rawhide
  • Brain tanning
  • Quill work
  • Bead work
  • Trader’s Row – 8:00 a.m. to sundown

In addition to daily activities, specific event days and times are noted below:

shootFriday

  • 1:00 p.m. Pilgrim Shoot (public welcome)

Saturday

  • 10:00 to 12:00 p.m. –  Children’s games
  • 1:00 p.m. – Pilgrim Shoot (public welcome)
  • 11:00 a.m./1:00 p.m./3:00 p.m. – Native American Dance Demonstrations
  • 7:00 p.m. – Council Fire (Shooting awards)

Sunday

  • 11:00 a.m./1:00 p.m./3:00 p.m. Native American Dance Demonstrations
  • 12:00 Noon – Raffle

There will be information available under the canvas fly.  If you have any questions, give Kash a call at 801-451-1518 or email info@bearlakerendezvous.comIndians

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Mountain Men – Myths and Legends

As a small and unique cultural subset of the U.S. population in the early 1800’s, Mountain men distinguished themselves by forging into the wilderness between St. Louis and California. They mapped the rivers and mountains, established relations with Indian populations, saw unimaginable sights, survived uncivilized conditions and experienced incredible adventures.

When the energy of the nation was focused on westward expansion, the Mountain Man was at the forefront of that expansion and consciousness.  Subsequently, who and what they were become distorted until today popular knowledge holds, as truth, multiple misconceptions. It did not help matters that Mountain Men were also masters of spinning tales.  Many an experience was embellished into a larger than life story that made it into the books of American history.

Some of these misconceptions include:

  1. Mountain men always have beards
  2. Mountain men were solitary and loners
  3. Mountain men softened their leather by first chewing it
  4. Mountain men cheated the Indians by trading worthless trinkets for valuable furs
  5. Mountain men were illiterate

What are some myths/legends  you may have heard? Post them on our face book page.

Countdown……10,9,8……..

Ten more days! Things are going well. We have had lots of questions about the exact location of the rendezvous. On our website www.bearlakerendezvous.com you can view the map with directions including exact mileage from highway 30 in Laketown. Also, included is our contact #’s. ReminIMG_0243ding you that cell ser
vice can be spotty so LEAVE A MESSAGE and be patient. When service is available we can call you back.

We are doing our best to have signage. We expect that travelers are sharp enough to get to Laketown Utah. If you are really savvy here ya go..  41.83030296550294, -111.36064572259784

 

Additional Mileage Landmarks to the Laketown turnoff:

Rendezvous beach east 1.8 miles

Ideal Beach Main Gate 6.6 Miles

Garden City 9.7 MilesIMG_0323

Logan 49.2 Miles

From Sage Creek Junction 12.1 miles

From Randolph Utah 20.8 Miles

From Woodruff Utah 30.7 Miles

From Evanston Wyoming 53.4 Miles

Click here for Map

Also a reminder. Bring ice and water. We have a limited supply of water available at the “spring” tent located at the food court. Ice is available at Dee’s service in town. We have asked that they have an ample stock.

We want to remind you:

If you have any questions we can be contacted by cell or text. Service can be spotty so leave a message and contact number an we will call back.

Kash Johnson 801-452-1518

Joel Marler 801-567-1194

Reminders:

This is an outdoor event. Dress accordingly and prepare for inclement weather, uneven ground , loud noises, animal encounters and unpaved roads.

Dogs must be on a leash and poop picked up and discarded

This is a family event. Please act and dress as if your kids and grand kids are watching you.

Please bring ice and water for personal use. Please pickup after yourself. This is a non profit all volunteer event. If you leave it behind leave it in the appropriate location.

We are looking forward to a great event with fun for all.

Remember, we expect to make mistakes. Complaining without a solution is whining! Criticism with ideas for a solution are not only welcome, but solicited.

20 Days

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The site has been mowed and prepared

So the countdown begins.

We had a chance to visit the site this week. We plotted out traders row, primitive camping area, day parking and tin tipi camping area. We have a great area for shooting competitions and demonstrations. Archery and knife & hawk throwing areas. We located the entry/gate area and food court location where the “spring (water) tent” will be located.

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Kash and Landowner Rick discuss the layout

We met with landowner Rick Johnson to discuss access points as well as issues from last year.

There is lots of work left to do. Signs to be made and posted. Contact radio and television to promote. Permits to be pulled and notices to be posted.

But that is the fun of it. We have a great site and look forward to all who can attend.

For any information watch the website www.bearlakerendezvous.com for the itinerary and contact information. IMG_3408

Time Travel is possible

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The cool dawn breaks. As the eastern sky begins to lighten, wood smoke from dozens of cook fires wafts across the valley. The smell of bacon frying makes bearded mouths water. The stomachs of buckskin clad men growl in anticipation of a morning meal.

Such was the start of a typical morning at the 1827 Mountain Man Rendezvous at Sweet Lake (Now Bear Lake) and such is the way a typical morning will play out at the 2014 Bear Lake Rendezvous in Laketown Utah. August 20-24.

History comes alive as authentic trappers, traders and Indians recreate the glorious hey days of the fur trade. There will be dancing and singing, trading, tall tales and tomahawk, knife, archery and black powder rifle competitions. Browse the trade tents where authentic mountain man and Indian goods are available to purchase. Everything from buckskins, teepees and canvas tents to black powder rifles, bull horns and bows and arrows will be laid out in an amazing array of accurately recreated history. Marvel as the modern day craftsmen use primitive techniques and tools to make the everyday items of mountain man culture.

It wasn’t and isn’t all about the men either. You’ll see women adorned in buckskin dresses, beads and feathers or cotton shirts and calico dresses throwing knives and tomahawks at targets. (Not mountain men, though some may deserve it!)

So if you’re looking for a new and exciting adventure, step back in time and join us. Bring the family, spend an hour, a day or stay for the duration. Wrap a lip around some tasty mountain man cooking. Primitive camping is available.

For more information go to: http://www.bearlakerendezvous.com/  Text and photo by Dave Petersen

Here We Go

August 22nd-25th 2013

Hello The Camp!

Thanks to all who have pledged their support. We are happy to report the 2013 Bear Lake Rendezvous is ON!

Our plans are underway to make the 1st annual Bear Lake Mountain Man Rendezvous the “best / first” rendezvous you have ever attended.photo (4) - Copy

To all the Bear Lake visitors, seasoned buck-skinners and Rich County residents. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.

 

 

 

For any questions, comments or offers please contact

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Chairman:  Kash Johnson             801-452-1518

Booshway: Roger Backus             435-616-5159

Segundo:    Craig Miller                435-901-3322

 

http://www.bearlakerendezvous.com

Facebook/bearlakerendezvou

Email: info@bearlakerendezvous.com

Mail: PO Box 44, Woodruff UT 84086