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!

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Kyle H.

Kyle H.


Each weekend my wife, baby and I climb into my Chevy Colorado... aka the white sheep… aka the cottage vehicle and drive up to the cottage in hopes to make it up before the sunset or in time for a quick ski or for dinner. We are really hoping to fit in all three! But, if we don't get it all in Friday night, we still have the rest of the weekend to do that plus… play games, BBQ's, see friends and family, campfires, swimming, skating, tobogganing, beers, pranks, boating, cliff jumping, rope swings, water falls, river rides, fire works, relax and so much more! I love the cottage and everything that goes with it.