By CITIZEN STAFF
The seven-county Bear River Heritage Area, which includes Franklin County, draws more than 1.1 million visitors annually.
That’s according to a survey and study commissioned by the Heritage Area which looked at the economic impact of tourism to the region, as well as visitor comments on their time spent in the region. Findings were presented during a meeting of the Bear River Heritage Area Council held in Logan, Utah, July 15.
The survey was conducted last year, during the traditional tourist season for Bear Lake and surrounding areas, by Steven W. Burr, Ph.D., of the Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University.
Visitors were asked to complete a survey at 21 different sites, including the Franklin Relic Hall, where 26 surveys were completed, and the Bear River Massacre site, where four surveys were completed. An annual visitation of 2,884 people was reported at the relic hall. Highest visitation numbers were reported at Bear Lake State Park in Utah, 234,000, and Bear Lake State Parks in Idaho, 166,000.
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