The Bear must be the shortest river in Michigan. It begins in Walloon Village as the outflow from Walloon Lake and then makes a “U” turn and heads north through Petoskey into Little Traverse Bay........which is part of Lake Michigan. Entire distance.....less than 20 miles. During the summer, it is a great kayak run as the river has been pinched in with rock formations to create some interesting white water. There is also a wonderful walking path along side the Bear from Sheridan Road, down past the dam, to Lake Street. This is all complemented by a deep fishing hole below the dam as well as a lovely picnic are nearby. All that fun and it diesn’t cost a dime!
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