7.3 out of 10

Bear Lake

44.419544539927 -86.1460575357705
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Medical Facilities
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Country Lovers


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Bear Lake – National and State Forests in Your Backyard"

For some, the location of Bear Lake is a dream come true. What could possibly be better than having constant access to not one but two major parks? Both Pere Marquette State Forest and Manistee National Park are right there for walking, jogging, cross-country skiing, bird-watching, having a picnic and more. Then, of course, to the left is Lake Michigan. What else in the world could you possibly want? Who cares if there aren’t nightclubs, or other amenities of the big city, there is a never-ending supply of outdoor adventure!

While one might think this area is for the wealthy, most here bring in an average income. They are not after big fancy houses, they receive their enjoyment from being close to nature. You will find some resident-owned restaurants and stores and this is a friendly area, but houses are pretty spread apart, so don’t expect your neighbor to invite you over for a barbeque.

Most residents of Bear Lake are married. There is an elementary school and one high school so kids are given a lot of attention. This is the type of place where friends are made for life, as they grow up together and start their own families.
  • Perfect for nature lovers
  • Quiet and safe
  • Great schools
  • Far away from amenities
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Country Lovers

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