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.

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

2021 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 19, 2021
FEBRUARY 16, 2021
MARCH 16, 2021
APRIL 20, 2021
MAY 18, 2021
*JUNE 15, 2021 @ 9:00am
*JULY 20, 2021 @ 9:00am
*AUGUST 17, 2021 @ 9:00am
SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
OCTOBER 19, 2021
NOVEMBER 16, 2021
DECEMBER 14, 2021