The Bear is named for a great swamp in Northern Manistee County, Michigan. Bear Swamp is still home to many Michigan Black Bears. This friendly creature wanders the river valley and swamps with little worry, the swamp is a wicked place. This is wild Trout fishing at it’s best. Pocket water for rising Brookies and twitching a Wet Skunk. The upper Bear is a wading river, a small watercraft can be used in the lower sections. Mostly private lands so tread easy. The Bear is designated a National Wild and Scenic River.