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Bear-Lake Village is primarily a retirement and tourist community, named for the bear-shaped lake situated in the northwest corner of Bear Lake Township. The town dates back to 1863, and sits on the borders of Bear Lake in a scenic, hilly area of the state that features farms and small orchards, and several smaller lakes. Bear Lake is known for its Bass and Walleye fishing, and several rivers in the area are full of trout and salmon. This peaceful, 1800-acre lake is also a perfect spot for swimming, hiking, horseback riding and golf. Fall is an especially beautiful time on at Bear Lake, when the surrounding hills are ablaze with color. Wintertime brings ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Bear Lake Days is an annual celebration that is usually held the second weekend of July, and in August, a Community Yard Sale and Farmer's Market draws hundreds. Bear Lake is easily reached along US 31, and is conveniently located near Lake Michigan's most scenic beaches. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park is 30 minutes to the north, and the Little River Casino is a short drive south. Other nearby towns include Frankfort, Manistee, and Traverse City.

Surrounding areas: Onekama, Michigan (4.8 mi), Arcadia, Michigan (7.6 mi), Thompsonville, Michigan (12.2 mi), Beulah, Michigan (14.8 mi), Manistee, Michigan (15.1 mi), Frankfort, Michigan (15.3 mi), Sand Lake, Michigan (20.6 mi)

Bear Lake Vacation Rentals

Bear Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Crystal Mountain12500 Crystal Mountain DrThompsonville, MI10.2 mi.(800) 968-7686
Manistee Microtel226 E Parkdale AveManistee, MI12.9 mi.(231) 398-0008
Best Western - Scenic Hill Resort1400 US 31 HwyBeulah, MI14.8 mi.(231) 882-7754
Crystal Beach Resort222 CTR StBeulah, MI14.8 mi.(231) 882-7229
Days Inn - Manistee1462 US 31 SManistee, MI15.1 mi.(231) 723-8385
Manistee Inn378 Riv StManistee, MI15.1 mi.(231) 723-4000
Harbor Lights Motel15 Second StFrankfort, MI15.2 mi.(231) 352-5614
Blue Lake Resort6199 Larson RdFountain, MI24.6 mi.(231) 462-3466

Bear Lake Weather & Climate

The lake effect is quite strong on the northwest area of Lower Michigan near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. This area has a distinct four-season climate, although Lake Michigan helps modify temperatures, keeping them cooler in late spring and early summer, and warmer during late fall and winter. Showers and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer, and precipitation is generally evenly distributed during the crop season of April through September, receiving an average of 17.45 inches of rain during that time. The lake also acts as a giant humidifier, increasing moisture content in the air throughout the year. However, extremely hot and humid summer days are not that common and don't last long in this part of the state. Snowfall varies greatly from season to season.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 16°F 2.26 in. -
February 31°F 17°F 1.51 in. -
March 39°F 24°F 2.11 in. -
April 51°F 34°F 2.64 in. -
May 64°F 44°F 2.93 in. -
June 73°F 53°F 3.23 in. -
July 78°F 59°F 3.10 in. -
August 76°F 59°F 3.78 in. -
September 68°F 52°F 3.86 in. -
October 57°F 42°F 3.45 in. -
November 44°F 32°F 2.96 in. -
December 32°F 22°F 2.38 in. -

Bear Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located about 11 miles southwest of Bear Lake in Manistee, Michigan, the Mason County airport (LDM) located approximately 34 miles southwest of Bear Lake in Ludington, Michigan, the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located roughly 35 miles northeast of Bear Lake in Traverse City, Michigan, the Wexford County airport (CAD) located around 37 miles southeast of Bear Lake in Cadillac, Michigan, the Antrim County airport (ACB) located about 60 miles northeast of Bear Lake in Bellaire, Michigan, and finally the Fremont Municipal airport (3FM) located approximately 68 miles south of Bear Lake in Fremont, Michigan.

Bear Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI57.4 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI82.2 mi.
Water Parks
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI82.2 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI103.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Chestnut Hills Golf CourseBear LakeMI 
County Highlands Golf CourseBear LakeMI 
Heathlands Golf CourseOnekamaMI4.8 mi.
Arcadia Bluffs Golf CourseArcadiaMI7.6 mi.
West Shore Golf ClubDouglasMI7.9 mi.
Champion HillBenzoniaMI14.0 mi.
Pinecroft Golf PlantationBenzoniaMI14.8 mi.
Fox Hills Golf CourseManisteeMI15.2 mi.
Manistee Golf & Country ClubManisteeMI15.2 mi.
Frankfort Golf CourseFrankfortMI15.3 mi.
Crystal Lake Golf ClubBeulahMI17.4 mi.
Fawn Crest Golf CourseWellstonMI17.6 mi.
Briar At Mesick Golf & Country ClubMesickMI21.6 mi.
Interlochen Golf ClubInterlochenMI24.3 mi.
Mistwood Golf CourseLake AnnMI25.6 mi.
Dunes Golf ClubEmpireMI27.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI12.1 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI33.8 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI34.1 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI38.7 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI60.0 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI71.6 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI79.4 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI83.5 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI89.8 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI94.6 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI100.4 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI118.2 mi.
State Parks
Orchard Beach State ParkMI12.7 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI23.5 mi. 
Ludington State ParkMI31.4 mi. 
D H Day State ParkMI33.0 mi. 
Traverse City State ParkMI36.7 mi. 
William Mitchell State ParkMI36.9 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI35.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Eastern Wisconsin ZooGreen BayWI92.6 mi.

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