Bear Creek, the largest tributary of the Manistee River below Tippy Dam, boasts a bountiful fishery in its own right, so the U.S. Forest Service site where Bear Creek flows in the Manistee River provides access to the best of both worlds.
The Bear Creek access platform provides universal access for anglers and sight-seers.Anglers have the opportunity to fish both waterways from this site, and a barrier-free fishing pier and concrete walkways open the opportunities to people of all abilities.
The site is open year-round 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the $5 a day/$15 a week user fees are utilized by the U.S. Forest Service for maintenance. The concrete boat ramp provides access to gas or electric powered motor boats less than 25 feet and smaller vessels such as canoes, kayaks and fishing boats.
A short distance from the Explore the Shores pier at the Bear Creek River Access Site lies a prehistoric mound, marking the area where a small settlement existed from the Mississippean Period to the Late Woodland Period (approximately 800s to 1300s AD). These early settlers cherished what many still appreciate to this day – the amazing wealth of resources available at the site where Bear Creek flows into the Manistee River.
Concrete walkways and a barrier-free fishing pier provide universal access to this site, which was previously difficult to navigate for people with disabilities, families with small children or people whose movement is limited.
This site is a favorite of anglers in large part because Bear Creek is an excellent producer of wild brown trout, brook trout, steelhead, Chinook salmon and coho salmon. Bear Creek is the largest tributary of the Manistee River below Tippy Dam, therefore it has a huge impact on the lower river system.
- Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Open year-round
- Parking for 20 vehicles with trailers
- $5 a day/$15/ week user access fee
- Concrete ramp for electric or gas motor boats less than 25 feet
- Access available for small vessels such as canoes, kayaks, fishing boats, and SUPs
- Special use permit required for groups of 75 or more
- Universally accessible fishing pier
- Concrete walkways
- Concrete boat ramp
- Brown Trout
- Chinook Salmon
- Lake Sturgeon
- Smallmouth Bass
- Coho Salmon
- White Sucker