Welcome to Bear Lake Township

Bear Lake Township is a rural residential community (population 1465, 2010 Census) located in the Northern part of Manistee County. Our community's greatest assets are our beautiful lakes and creeks. The largest lake being the 1800-acre Bear Lake (of which approximately 590 acres are within the Township's 36 square miles). Bear Lake Township is also home of many other smaller kettle-hole lakes as well as numerous creeks that dot our landscape.

Today, over two thirds of the Township is dedicated to either agriculture or forest, while about a quarter is used for residential purposes. The remaining land is divided among commercial, institutional, and leisure purposes. The US-31 Commercial Corridor has business offering a variety of retail, medical services and leisure activities to the community.


Bear Lake Township is a ZONED Community.
Land Use Permits are required.
Please call our Zoning Administrator, Jodie Lynch at 231-398-3587.

Currently, Bear Lake Township is seeking qualified applicants for a position on the Board of Appeals. If interested, please send a letter of interest to Bear Lake Township PO Box 187 Bear Lake, MI 49614. Or the letter can be dropped in the drop box.

Township Hall Info

Phone: (231) 864-3620
Fax: (231) 864-3999

7771 Lake St.
Bear Lake, MI 49614
P.O. Box 187

Board Members

Jeff Harthun, Supervisor
Deanna Pattison, Clerk
Marsha Wood-Smith, Treasurer
Bill Ringel, Trustee
Janette May, Trustee

2024 Board Meeting Dates

Bear Lake Township board meetings will be held at the Bear Lake Township Hall 7771 Lake St., Bear Lake MI Tuesday, at 7:00pm of the following dates:

JANUARY 16, 2024
FEBRUARY 20, 2024
MARCH 19, 2024
APRIL 16, 2024
MAY 21, 2024
*JUNE 18, 2024 @ 8:00am
*JULY 16, 2024 @ 8:00am
*AUGUST 20, 2024 @ 8:00am
SEPTEMBER 17, 2024
OCTOBER 15, 2024
DECEMBER 10, 2024