If you’re looking to take to the waters for a little lake exploration this summer, don’t miss the hidden gem just outside of Dorset.
Bear Lake isn’t huge so it won’t take too much time to cover, but it packs a lot of fun and features some truly magnificent sights. You can use the boat launch or you can come at it from Kawagama Lake to make it a longer ride.
At the far end of the Bear Lake opposite the launch and bridge, there’s a small waterfall with rushing water over some slick beautiful limestone rocks – definitely worth a stop. Just tie off to the shore or find an overhanging tree branch and you’re good to go. Walk along the side of the lake through the trees and you’ll come upon a beautiful marsh area – a great place to spot some wildlife.
After the rapids, get back in your boat and head to the cliffs to take a few jumps, (just a minute or so past the falls). If you have kids you can easily spend a few hours here. Don’t forget your camera (better if it’s waterproof). You’ll want to snap a few pics of the enormous cliffs that are easily 100 feet high.
If you come from Kawagama Lake make sure to take your time and move slowly and carefully through the narrows. Please respect those cottages and keep an eye out for swimming children. And remember – have fun!