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Resources

This Resources page is provided to ask questions and make recommendations about services, share ideas about products and/or any general information (lake related or not) which may interest all the lake property owners.

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  1. Debbie 248-207-0063 says:

    YOU HAUL, YOU HAVE!,,
    I have several sections of wood dock I am willing to give away, NO poles or hardware included.
    If interested contact Debbie. go_blue@comcast.net

  2. Jeff Burmeister says:

    Looking for a few recommendations:
    1) Internet Provider – we can work remotely as long as we have a reliable connection so it would be nice to add-on to weekends if we didn’t have to worry about dropping online meetings
    2) After Stay Cleaning – this would be more irregular as opposed to “every two weeks” so someone who accepts an “as needed” contract would be nice
    3) Garbage – don’t really want to take it all the way home with me, so what options do we have?
    4) Dock – pretty sure our builder will install steps down to the lake, maybe a deck at the end of the steps but he does not do docks out into the water

    Thanks, Jeff

    • Sarah Dudek says:

      Hi Jeff. Dawn McLean-Baggs lives in Kalkaska and does an excellent job of cleaning. She does several investment properties and lake houses in the area and is very professional. Let me know if you need any info. Feel free to send me an e-mail if you would like.

    • I use the new Spectrum 1-877-764-4039 for phone, internet and TV, they gave me a great deal and they are reliable, unlike COLI that provides the wireless for the lake. We had nothing but trouble with service (reliability, speed) , equipment, and billing.

      Trash, we use American Waste 231-258-9030, 1-800-544-2663

      Tanner Blower is great at putting in docks, removing them, he has boat lifts, etc. for sale. 231-384-5299

      Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions, my family has been on the lake since 1959.

      Lorie Fulton Albertson
      email: lorie@wheatfieldinn.com

    • Dick Miller says:

      Internet Provider: I have Charter / Spectrum for Cable TV. I’m not at the cottage often enough to use their the high speed Internet service. The other options I’m aware of in terms of the Internet would be to either put a dish at your location or purchase an air card. The dish option is more expensive. I had an air card from Sprint when I was still working and it was pretty reliable. It picks up signals from the cell phone towers.

      Garbage: Offer to share a neighbor’s expense for trash removal and use the recycling bin by the township hall. Most households generate more recycling than trash.

      Dock: Mike Price (Black Creek Landscaping) puts in and takes out docks. I believe he also sells docks. Mike Price’s cell phone number is 231-624-0067.

      Hope this helps.

      Dick Miller

    • Kristin Royston says:

      I’m looking for an electrician any recommendations?

  3. Murray Howe says:

    Missing: Old Town two-person kayak. Pea green.

    If found, please call Murray Howe 419 351-8863
    Many thanks!

  4. We’re looking for a builder to design, remodel and add-on to our cottage. Or a designer/architect and a builder? Any recommendations?

  5. I want to personally thank Sam & Jo Rahaim for their gracious hospitality in taking my Au Sable Lake Ecology students and me out on your beautiful lake to do water chemistry and other measurements. Yesterday was our 4th annual time doing this. I’ve worked with many lake residents and associations while teaching this class in this area over the past 22 years, and I can unequivocally say that Bear Lake is blessed with a fantastic Lake Assoc. President (Sam), other Board members, CLMP lake sampling volunteer (https://micorps.net/lake-monitoring/become-a-volunteer/), and caring/concerned/supportive/proactive fellow lakeside homeowners. I commend all of you for helping keep your lake so beautiful. John
    PS Seeing the loons – mother, father, and their 2 chicks (youngsters now) yesterday – was an amazing added benefit!

  6. Sue Tucker says:

    For Sale: Yellow & Tan Water Wheeler Paddle Boat. Very good condition, clean – rarely used. It spent more time up on shore than in the water. I have pictures that I can send if you are interested. $200 or reasonable offer. We are motivated sellers! Let’s make a deal! We want someone to use and enjoy it this summer!

    Email: susielwd@hotmail.com or call: 248-417-3442.

    Sue Tucker

  7. Mary Dahmer says:

    Does anyone have any other internet provider they use besides charter spectrum. Their cable is too far from our cabin to use.

    Thanks,

    Mary

    • Sue Tucker says:

      Mary,
      We are on the west side of the lake and use 186 Networks (formerly COLI Communications). I have two numbers for them: 888-299-0071 & 231-331-4622.

      Hope this helps,

      Sue Tucker

  8. We have 2 old windsurfers that need a new home–free to whoever wants them. They came with the cottage when we bought it, and have never used them, so I cant offer any help on how to set up and use them. We think they are kid sized. Please call or text me at 734-718-9119, or email at jcace@ameritech.net.
    Thanks!
    Jeff

  9. Chuck Moore says:

    Boat lift for sale – 4000# Lakeshore Lift. 7 years old, all aluminum frame, perfect condition. No canopy, but can be installed. Call Chuck at 248-303-0277 or reply to this if you or anyone you know is interested.

  10. Todd Lincoln says:

    Found a Rubbermaid closet ( roof missing) on the east shore next to the boat launch.

  11. K. SCHUPBACH says:

    FOUND~ a beige paddle boat is stranded on our shoreline along Hillcrest behind our wooden dock. Please come get it.
    Call to 248 462 1292 for info

  12. Hi. Looking for a 14 or 16 foot rowboat.
    Please contact Brian 248 462 1290.
    South side on Hillcrest.

  13. Sue Miller says:

    Bill from Fast Storage on M72 and Lake Valley Rd is now selling docks and lifts. His number is 231-313-4057

  14. Sue Miller says:

    I’m looking for a used 9 or 10 foot kayak with a paddle for our granddaughter. Our phone number is 231-392-6263

  15. Adam Wszola says:

    Upgraded the boat and now I’m looking for a larger boat hoist. Is anyone looking to sell their current hoist ? I need something that can handle at least 2500# and it needs to be aluminum. My current one is also for sale. It’s an aluminum rated up to 2000# and is the cantilever style. Currently located on our beach. on the east side of the lake. I can help with delivery depending on where you need it.
    Thanks- Adam

    • Bob Neaton says:

      Adam – I am selling my boat lift – aluminum, solar panel battery operated, 4000 -4500#. Includes a 26′ long beige canopy cover. It’s on our beachfront on the north side of the lake if you want to look at it. Less than 5 years old. If interested, call 313-407-8556. Bob

    • Kim Beckman says:

      Adam, we might be interested in your lift. We are on Hillcrest. What are you asking for it?
      Kim
      616.822.8219

    • Chuck Moore says:

      Adam, if you’re still looking, I am selling my lift. It’s 7 years old, 4000# capacity, all aluminum frame, no canopy, perfect condition. I have to get a higher capacity lift for a new boat I’m getting. Feel free to call at 248-303-0277.

  16. Hi everyone,
    We’re looking for referrals for granite or possibly corian. We’re redoing our kitchen and looking for someone that does good quality work at a fair price. Anyone familiar with this? Thanks, Diane

  17. Mary Dahmer says:

    I am looking for a pontoon boat. If anyone has one they would like to sell please let me know.
    Thanks,
    Mary

    • Mike Smelker says:

      Hi Mary, this is |Mike Smelker I live on ||Hillcrest, I’m selling my 24 ft ||Sanpan Pontoon for $800.00 or best offer its 1983 with a new |Bimini top it has a 25 horse |Johnson motor on it reupholstered seats. |If interested you may contact me at (517-282-9713) |Thank you| !

  18. Amy Brehm says:

    Hello,
    We are looking for a Drone/service to take aerial pictures of the lake and our home. Any info is appreciated.
    Thank you

    • Mike B. says:

      Amy,
      I have a drone and will be doing some photos of our place on the lake this spring/summer let me know if you are still looking.

      • Mike Brehm says:

        Hi Mike
        I would be interested in aerial photos of our place at 924 E Bear Lake. I also just purchased a place on Lake Margrethe if your interested in shooting a few over there this summer.
        Thanks….
        Mike Brehm
        616-560-1682

  19. Is there a place in the area to dispose of garbage? Cost?

    • Bear Lake Association says:

      American Waste, about two miles north of Kalkaska on 131, will take just about anything at $24 per cubic yard.

      Sam

  20. Looking for a referral for some power washing and staining. I am pretty finicky so I would like someone who takes pride in their work and is detailed oriented. Also I was hoping to find someone to put in and take out docks. I seen advertisements for DBR has anyone used them? Or have someone else to refer?

    • Robin moulton says:

      We have had Bob Terry and his crew put in and take out our dock and hoist for many years. His shop is the Terry Sports on M72 just west of grayling. Always done a good job 989-348-7746

    • I use Tanner Blower, he is a great help and always willing to help anybody. 231-384-5299. He has been helping our family for years and years.

  21. Mike Pickell says:

    Hello Barb. Is the hoist big and wide enough to hold a small 14″ fishing boat that is 72″ wide? Thanks.
    Mike

    • Barb Barrett says:

      We will check later today, but my husband used the hoist for his 14 foot fishing boat. The hoist is empty so if you want to try your boat in the hoist that is fine, We will be back at the cabin by dinner time. Barb

  22. Steven J Banchero says:

    I have a place over on Lake Valley and was looking for a recommendation on someone to do some roofing and siding work. Thanks!

  23. Jeff & Christine McCarthy says:

    We are looking for a snow plowing recommendation. Any referrals would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  24. Dale & Barb Chiaravalli says:

    Looking for someone who has had a seawall installed in the last year or so. Would like advice and/or recommendations for someone to do the job. Thanks.

    • Bear Lake Association says:

      Fleming Construction 989-386-2200 is on the lake right now repairing and installing 5 seawalls on the west side. You might call them to have them give you an estimate.

      Sam Rahaim

      • Robin moulton says:

        We are one of the houses that had a new sea wall installed. Fleming did a good job and the guys were very nice to speak with. Professional people. After the permits came in they got right to work and had the wall done in a couple of weeks. Havent seen the completed job because they still had the stones to put in but expect to be pleased when we’re up next time.

  25. Amy Brehm says:

    Hello!
    We are looking for after stay house cleaning help. Someone very trustworthy that we would feel comfortable giving access to the house, detail oriented and thorough. It would require a full cleaning, some laundry, changing/making beds.

    Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you!

    • Kim Beckman says:

      We use Julie Ginther for a housekeeper, she lives in Grayling. I am not sure if she might want to take on another. She is very trustworthy, reliable, very nice and also does laundry for our rental.

      In the past we used Loretta Minnick, also from Grayling. Due to some health concerns she no longer cleans but did contact me this year as she has someone that would like to take on some cleaning; I did not ask who it was and do not know them but Loretta was wonderful also.

      If interested, please contact me for their numbers – 616-822-8219. Kim Beckman

  26. Daniel & Laura Majewski says:

    We are looking for a resource/company/person to:

    1. Building/Repair Decking/deck stairs
    2. Putting in docks/hoists
    3. Replacement of Anderson windows
    4. Any company providing Wifi service to the lake

    Thanks for any help. It is appreciated.

    Dan & Laura Majewski

    • Bob Murray says:

      I use Mike Price for all the above. 231-624-0067 If not let me know that does not work and I have additional options. Ernie and his brother do the docks. 231-735-5398

      • Dan Majewski says:

        Thanks for the referral on the docks.

        If you have anyone else for minor deck repair and deck pwshing and staining I would appreciate it. Thanks Bob.

    • Hi Dan, We recently used Matt Rosenburg for some work. We would highly recommend his work and integrity. Come over and take a look. Sue

      • Dan Majewski says:

        Sue,

        If you can pass along his number and/or email address it would be great. I trust your referral and if we have a chance this weekend we can swing over to take a look at any work he performed. We are just in need of some work to be done relatively quickly. Call my cell at 248-318-7056 if you prefer.

        Thanks,
        Dan

      • Matt Rosenburg has done all of our deck work at 1174 and 1006 W. Bear lake Rd. He does an excellent job and is quick and reliable. His cell is 231-624-1018

  27. Bear Lake Association says:

    Dan & Laura Majewski on Sunset shores write:
    Looking for a referral for a well company in the area. Any help would be appreciated.

    • We recently had an issue that led to us need a new well pump. We called Jim ‘ s Well Drilling and pump service. They came out that same day and fixed our problem. They were very knowledgeable and kind. I would use them again in a heartbeat. Their number is 989-348-8788

  28. David Cabral says:

    If anyone around the lake needs any TV and/or appliances service I highly recommend Jerry’s TV & Appliance Service in Kalkaska. Throughout the years we’ve relied on Jerry for our service needs and would highly recommend him to all of our friends and neighbors here on Bear Lake! Visit their website at http://www.jerrystvandappliance.com or call Jerry at 231-258-9347. You won’t be disappointed with the great, honest and reliable level of service you”ll receive!

  29. Bear Lake Association says:

    THE NEW PUBLIC ROAD ENDS AT LAKES LAW

    This link provides excellent information, by way of Q & A, regarding a new lake road end law. A new Michigan law was passed last year that details what is prohibited in the lake abutting road ends and the fines associated with an infraction. Overall, the new law is pro-riparian and pro-public lake access.

    http://www.bsmlawpc.com/_blog/Municipal_Law_Grand_Rapids_Michigan/post/The_New_Public_Road_Ends_at_Lakes_Law/

    Here is the actual law:

    http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/publicact/pdf/2012-PA-0056.pdf

  30. Bear Lake Association says:

    PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE

    Purple loosestrife is an invasive exotic perennial plant that has been found growing in the Northwest corner of Bear Lake. Although only a small patch was found, we should all be aware of it because it can quickly drive out native plants and disrupt the natural ecosystem. The good news is, unlike phragmites, Purple loosestrife can be removed by pulling it out by hand (which was done on the patch we found). Protecting the lake from this and other invasive species will likely be an ongoing project. Here’s an article about purple loosestrife in Michigan.

    http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/downloads/ais/fs-97-501_purple_loosestrife.pdf

    Pictures:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=purple+loosestrife+in+michigan&hl=en&tbo=u&rlz=1T4GGHP_enUS445US445&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=44u3UMPEJqS6yAGN2oHIBw&ved=0CD0QsAQ&biw=1579&bih=765

  31. Bear Lake Association says:

    PHRAGMITES

    Here is a resource that will tell you everything you wanted to know about this very invasive plant.

    http://greatlakesphragmites.net/

  32. Bear Lake Association says:

    HOME LAKE OWNERSHIP

    This video is about do’s and don’t of owning a home on a lake. It gives you some ideas on the impact you may have on the lake. There are also many links to different topics, including phragmites, a very invasive lake weed.

    http://www.agreatlakesjewel.org/a-home-on-the-shore/

    Any comments would be appreciated.

  33. We would like to add internet services this year for our laptops and kindle’s. What choices do we have in the area? Wireless providers?

    • Sam Rahaim says:

      COLI (Chain of Lakes) installed two 10′ towers on either side of the lake a couple of years ago for high speed internet. The website is

      http://www.torchlake.com/

      They have a few options depending on the speed you want. I think all of the board members have it and are fairly well satisfied with it.

  34. Bear Lake Association says:

    Buying & Selling Waterfront Property in Michigan.
    We would hate to see you go but if you have to, we have received some information from the Michigan Lake & Stream Association that may help. It’s a 264 page book “…a ‘how to’ publication that deals with numerous real estate and waterfront issues.” The purchase price is $20 plus S&H. We have no recommendations about this book. We are just providing you the information.
    If you’re interested, please send a note to the Association email address – bearlakekalkaska@gmail.com.

  35. Mike Sakuta says:

    Michael Price (Black Creek Landscape and Snowplow ) is VERY RELIABLE and fair in pricing.

    I’ve used Michael Price for all odd jobs, leaf raking,snow removal, repairs on my house and all around my house for the last 20 years and I would recommend too everybody.

  36. Bear Lake Association says:
  37. Bear Lake Association says:

    A new property owner is looking for some recommendations from other owners who have had some favorable experiences with some services. Specifically, they are looking for reliable, respectable services in:
    – chimney sweeps
    – snow removal
    – furnace cleaning and
    – tree removal service
    Please reply to this note if you have anyone you would like to recommend. Thank you.

    • Mary Batsakis says:

      Tree Removal:
      I recommend Northwood Tree Service (owner, Randy Gilbert) for tree removal and trimming. HIs address is 2525 Valley Rd. Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: 231-384-0662

      Snow Plowing:
      Black Creek Landscape and Snowplowing (owner, Mike Price). Phone 231-624-0067

    • Diane Wszola says:

      Would also like to recommend Al’s Outside Maintenance(Al Olszewski) 231-258-1245 for snowplowing. He does many other things too, but I haven’t had him do anything other than snowplowing so far.

    • Maggie Neaton says:

      We used Advanced Quality Chimney Professionals to clean our fireplace. Carl Sandel was very nice, knowledgable and neat! (No mess left behind when he was done…) He also repaired our chimney cap and power washed the mold off our roof. I would highly recommend him. Phone number 231-258-5054

  38. I want to share my experience with the use of the Lake Mat because I feel it helps the lake in an environmentally friendly way. I left the mat in one place for three weeks and virtually all my pondweed was gone. For some reason, I have been infested with these weeds. I’m now on my third area and each time it totally eliminated the weeds. That’s not to say the weeds don’t come back at all. I have very few weeds compared to what it was.

    I did a lot of research and found this one to be the easiest to use. As a matter of fact, Jason from PLM, our hired biologist, also sells the Lake Mat. I called the owner and inventor of this product, Doug Fast, and he said that if anyone mentions Bear Lake when ordering it, he would give them a 10% discount. Additionally, if you can get together with three more interested owners, he would have an employee deliver the four them to you for $20 each. Normal shipping for one is $60. 10 get them to you for $10 each.

    I am not getting any kickbacks for this. I just think it’s a good product and it does what the website claims it does. You can click on the link under “Friends of Bear Lake” for all the information.

    Check it out for yourself. I live on the west side where the small pontoon boat is docked with the block M Michigan flag on it.

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