Bear Lake Township, Manistee County, Michigan

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Bear Lake Township is a civil township of Manistee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 1,587.

The village of Bear Lake is located within the township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93.4 km²), of which, 34.7 square miles (90.0 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.5 km²) of it (3.71%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,587 people, 639 households, and 456 families residing in the township. The population density was 45.7 per square mile (17.6/km²). There were 916 housing units at an average density of 26.4/sq mi (10.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.35% White, 0.38% African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.72% of the population.

There were 639 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $37,898, and the median income for a family was $41,875. Males had a median income of $35,114 versus $21,848 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,186. About 6.1% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.



Bear Lake | Copemish | Eastlake | Kaleva | Onekama


Arcadia | Bear Lake | Brown | Cleon | Dickson | Manistee | Maple Grove | Marilla | Norman | Onekama | Pleasanton | Springdale | Stronach

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