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Bear Lake, Michigan
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Welcome to Bear Lake ...

The village of Bear Lake is located in Manistee County.

A typical abbreviation for Bear Lake: Bear Lk.

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Bear Lake has a population of 280 people<1> (see below for details).

Bear Lake was established in 1863.

The community of Bear Lake is 820 feet [250 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Bear Lake lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Bear Lake is within the (231) area code.

The ZIP code for Bear Lake: 49614<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bear Lake had a population of 286 people. This makes Bear Lake the county's 5th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 286 people, the population of Bear Lake decreased 10.06% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 318 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Bear Lake had an population of 280 people. This is a decrease of 2.1% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 11.95% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Bear Lake.

Communities near Bear Lake ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Bear Lake and not the distance if you are going to drive it.<4>.

Community   2017
Benzonia   [Map]   503   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
Beulah   [Map]   341   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
Eastlake   [Map]   503   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
Elberta   [Map]   372   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
Frankfort   [Map]   1,280   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
Honor   [Map]   326   N   18 miles [29 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Bear Lake.

Communities Also Named Bear Lake ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Michigan communities named Bear Lake: This one is located in Manistee County and the other is located in Otsego County.

Beyond Michigan, there are 7 communities that are also named Bear Lake - they are located in British Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Ontario, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bear Lake.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bear Lake. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bear Lake. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bear Lake.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Bear Lake:

Websites for Bear Lake ...

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TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bear Lake ...

Looking for more information about Bear Lake? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bear Lake, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bear Lake.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' is a very useful tool for people who might be planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Bear Lake. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bear Lake.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bear Lake - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a village (such as Bear Lake). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Bear Lake or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Bear Lake. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bear Lake) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bear Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bear Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bear Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.4210, Longitude: -86.1474     [Map].

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<5>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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