Bear and the surrounding area has gone through many iterations in its vivid history. Before people started settling the area in 1863, it was heavily forested and only had one walking path. Farm land was quickly established as well as a booming lumber industry. Agriculture is still strong in the area in addition to Bear Lake being a popular tourist destination. Also nearby is the Pere Marquette State Forest. This gorgeous forest encompasses land in Michigan's beautiful lower peninsula on the western side of the state. There are several trails encompassing the forest which are all perfect for hiking, biking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. The North Country Scenic Trail passes through the Pere Marquette State Forest on its 4600 mile way from New York to North Dakota, and is definitely not to be missed.
Besides just sitting back and enjoying nature's beauty, there are tons of things to do around Bear Lake to keep your whole family entertained. Have a picnic by the lake, or teach the kids to swim in the refreshing waters. Take home some gifts you can't find anywhere else from Wee Bee Jammin. This quaint shop is "pure Michigan" with loads of tasty jams, unique gifts, books, crafts, and more. The kids will also love stepping back in time to an old western movie at Rockin R Ranch. The 270 acre property has amazing scenery to enjoy on your two hour horse ride. This charming old west ghost town comes complete with a merry go round.
The Huron-Manistee National Forests are actually two national forests that were combined in 1945. The sprawling 978,906 acres extends across the northern lower peninsula of Michigan and is only about an hour from Bear Lake. The forests provide a beautiful habitat for fish and wildlife with thousands of lakes and miles of sparkling rivers and streams for you to enjoy by fishing or canoeing. You also don't need a permit to camp on the grounds, making it a very popular campground. that will give you even more time to enjoy the 330 of hiking trails, fishing, camping, boating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and hunting.
Bear Lake Bed and Breakfast is an exceptional place to stay for your quiet lake vacation. You'll wake up every morning to a yummy breakfast prepared lovingly by your hosts, Cindi and Greg. It's located right at the cusp of the lake, and the cozy rooms will feel like your home away from home. Another great option is the Bella Vista Inn. You'll love staying in this throwback 1950s style mom and pop motel. Not only is it a great value, but Bear Lake is right across the street!
Bear Lake is small enough to walk around the entire perimeter in half a day, and everything centered in the town of Bear Lake is easily accessible by foot. There are a number of roads that lead to Bear Lake, depending on what direction you're coming from, just be sure to find yourself on US-31.
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