Ten more days! Things are going well. We have had lots of questions about the exact location of the rendezvous. On our website 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


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.

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 (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


Chairman:  Kash Johnson             801-452-1518

Booshway: Roger Backus             435-616-5159

Segundo:    Craig Miller                435-901-3322



Mail: PO Box 44, Woodruff UT 84086

Kash’s Korner


bear lake

In 1827 Sweet Lake or Bear Lake as we know it today, was located in Mexico. Just to clear that up, they didn’t move the lake they moved Mexico.

In June of that year William Ashley lead a pack train with supplies valued at $22,447 out of St. Louis, into the Bear Lake area. They left St. Louis on April 12, 1827. A four pounder cannon mounted on wheels was the first wheeled vehicle ever to be taken to the mountains. the route taken would eventually become the famous Oregon Trail.

Mountain Men and Indians began to gather at the south end of the lake in June 1827. This would be near the town of Lake Town Utah.

An account given in Fred R Gowans book, Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, quotes Danial Potts record of a skirmish with about 20 Blackfoot Indian warriors who attacked and killed a Snake (Shoshone) and his squaw. The alarm was given and the Snake, the Utaws, and the Whites sallied forth for battle.

Now if you read the account given by Mr. James Beckwourth, it was an all-out battle, involving more than 300 Trappers and therebeckwourth allies. After six hours of battle, more than 173 Blackfoot scalps were taken. Mr. Beckwourth was known to stretch the truth just a bit.

This is just a short over-view of some of the history. The fun is researching this stuff, now days it’s an easy process. Just Google it.


When I first got into this Mountain Man thing, here, I’m not sure what to call it. Is it a “SPORT”? I’ve heard it called that. Are we “Buck-skinners”? That is a general term, some call themselves that, others are offended by it. We have been called a unregulated “Militia” by the U.S. Government, things like that are said when you don’t take the time to understand what your talking about.


I like to think of it as a celebration of our culture. To re-enact is to play a part, I’m no actor. So for me,I’m going to call it “Living History” museums to me are “Dead History” interesting but not even close to being as much fun.

As I was saying when I first got into this, I was told to get the book Mystic Warriors of the Plains by Thomas Malls. I was told it is the “Buckskinner Bible”. The Mountain Men of old lived much the same as our Native American brothers. Don Berry author of the book A Majority of Scoundrels, came to the conclusion that they actually became a tribe of there own.

That’s the way it was 30 years ago when I first got started. Things have changed to the point that a lot of these so called “Pre-1840 rendezvous” are nothing more than a place to sell anything that might resemble Indian stuff, with little or no regard for history. That’s not to say there aren’t some excellent rendezvous out there, there just getting harder to find.

The Bear Lake Rendezvous is not going to be just another run of the mill small town fund raiser. We intend to show respect for the history and and the people who created that history,to the best of our ability.

Thank you for all the help you are about to offer. We want to make this a fun and informative event for all. I recommend downloading and reading Philip Covington’s accounts. Click Here to Read