Bear Creek Watershed Council

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Bear Creek is a gem.  And the Bear Creek Watershed Council wants to keep it that way.

Bear Creek is one of only a handful of rivers throughout the world, nearly all located in Michigan, where anglers can catch five, highly prized, naturally reproduced gamefish in a wadeable stream. The five high-quality fish are brook and brown trout, as well as steelhead and coho and Chinook salmon.

Bear Creek has 12 named tributaries.  Its main stream is approximately 28 miles long from its Little Bear Creek headwater area to its confluence with the Manistee River.  The headwaters of one of the 12 tributaries, Little Bear Creek, are formed at the only outlet of Bear Lake.  Bear Creek has a large number of miles of named and unnamed tributaries as well as significant groundwater inputs as it flows generally in a southerly direction.  It is the largest tributary to the Manistee River downstream of Tippy Dam.