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

2023 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 17, 2023
FEBRUARY 21, 2023
MARCH 21, 2023
APRIL 18, 2023
MAY 16, 2023
*JUNE 20, 2023 @ 8:00am
*JULY 18, 2023 @ 8:00am
*AUGUST 15, 2023 @ 8:00am
SEPTEMBER 19, 2023
OCTOBER 17, 2023
NOVEMBER 14, 2023
DECEMBER 12, 2023