Bear Lake, Indiana

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Bear Lake, Indiana
Unincorporated community
Bear Lake is located in Indiana
Bear Lake
Bear Lake
Bear Lake is located in the US
Bear Lake
Bear Lake
Coordinates: 41°19′21.18″N 85°31′4.88″W / 41.3225500°N 85.5180222°W / 41.3225500; -85.5180222Coordinates: 41°19′21.18″N 85°31′4.88″W / 41.3225500°N 85.5180222°W / 41.3225500; -85.5180222
Country United States
State Indiana
County Noble
Township Noble
 • Water 0.212500 sq mi (0.550372 km2)
Elevation[1] 892 ft (272 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code 46701
Area code(s) 260
GNIS feature ID 452431

Bear Lake is a small lake side community in Noble Township, Noble County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. Points of interest include Bear Lake Camp, Bear Lake Church, Elwood H. Thomas Public Beach, and Merry Lea Environmental Center.[2]

Bear Lake Camp[edit]

Bear Lake Camp is a Christian summer camp for students entering grades 2-12.[3] Bear Lake Camp is a member of CCCA Bear Lake Camp is also the location of the Bear Lake Church.

Elwood H. Thomas Public Beach[edit]

The Elwood H. Thomas Public Beach is a public beach run and kept up by the East Shore Property Owners Association. It is the only privately owned public beach in the state of Indiana.[4]

Merry Lea Environmental Center[edit]

See article: Merry Lea Environmental Center
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College is located just south of Wolflake at Bear Lake in Noble County, Indiana. Merry Lea is the largest privately held land reserve in the state of Indiana. The center serves as a field laboratory for students at Goshen College who are studying ecology, environmental education and agroecology. In addition, Merry Lea provides environmental educational experiences for elementary students in the center's service area which includes the Fort Wayne metropolitan area as well as Warsaw, Huntington, Kendallville, Goshen and Elkhart.


Bear Lake is located 28 miles north-west of Fort Wayne, Indiana.