Bear Lake Welcome Sign

Board Members

President - Bob Yates
Vice President - Sandy Scholl
Treasurer - Chuck Eminger
Secretary - Barb Farfsing

Committee Member Roles

BLWA Endowment Fund - Don Raiff
Information & Technology - Justin Scholl
Lake Testing - Bill Fronk & Chuck Wolverton
Long Term Planning - Rich Russell
Memberships - Sandy Scholl
Saw Grant - Dick Graham

Our Story

If you see just one sunrise or sunset on Bear Lake, its clear why those who love it formed an organization to protect and enhance it.

In 2008 the Bear Lake Watershed Alliance (BLWA) was created with a mission “to preserve, protect and improve the health and natural character of the Bear Lake watershed.”

Bear Lake formed naturally between 10,000 and 75,000 years ago. It covers approximately 1,744 surface acres and is about 24 feet deep at its maximum depth. About two-thirds of the lake is less than 20 feet deep. The volume of Bear Lake is estimated to be 26,503 acre-feet. The shoreline is estimated at 7.62 miles and at its widest dimension, it is about 2.38 miles.

The flow of water from the one outlet of Bear Lake forms the headwaters for Little Bear Creek that is one of the tributaries to Bear Creek.

As a sub watershed of Greater Bear, we will benefit from the approval of the management plan by federal and state authorities. BLWA is able to seek grants through the Greater Bear Watershed to help fund projects identified in the management plan. And we are committed to continue to work on the action items identified in the plan. We welcome all to help volunteer with projects.

Since we have been approved as a 501 (c) 3 organization in the IRS tax code, donations to the BLWA are tax deductible.

Come join us as the BLWA meets the 4th Wednesday of each month, 7:00 PM, at the Bear Lake Township Hall, May – October. The Annual Meeting is the last Saturday of July.

"working today to preserve tommorrow"

Recent News

Now that the weather has warmed up, the progress on the SAW Grant project can move forward again Read More



Identifying and Treating Invasive Plants in and Around Bear Lake, Michigan

Emily Cook, Outreach Specilist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) will be presenting on "Invasivies in Our Community" on Saturday, September 1, at 9:00 A.M. at the Bear Lake United Methodist Church (87861 Main St. Bear Lake). Emily will be highlighting invasive plant species specific to land in Manistee County and the Bear Lake area including identification information, treatment suggestions, and guidance for reporting outbreaks.

Join ISN and partners for a brief video presentation on local invasive species, including Japanese knottweed and Japanese barberry found in Manistee. Following this viewing, Cook will provide additional information about these species and many others leaving time at the end for a Q&A with the audience. Plant information and additional resources will be available to take home as well.

The presentation is being sponsored by Bear Lake's Property Owners Association, Bear Lake Watershed Alliance, and Lake Improvement Board, as well as the Manistee Conservation District.

This event is free and open to everyone. For more information, please contact Emily Cook at (231) 941-0960 x20 or email Questions regarding this event can be directed to Don Raiff at (480)650-8688.

2018 Fundraiser

The BLWA would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets, made monetary donations and gifted items for the auction.

We truly appreciate your support and generosity!

click here to see photos from this years!

Bear Lake Watershed Alliance
P.O. Box 73
Bear Lake, MI 49614