Oswald's Bear Ranch

Upper Michigan Attractions
Largest Bear Ranch in the entire United States of America with 29 live roaming black bears in 4 habitats. Platforms allow visitors to have a barrier free view of the bears. A great place to bring the family!


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Newberry Area Chamber of Commerce
Curtis Area Chamber of Commerce
Newberry Area Tourism Association
St. Ignace Visitors Bureau
St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce
Mackinac City Chamber of Commerce
Paradise Chamber of Commerce
Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce

Oswald's Bear Ranch
13814 County Rd 407 (H-37)
Newberry, MI 49868

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Oswald's Bear Ranch
Upper Michigan Attractions

Welcome to the United State's largest Bear Ranch boasting 29 live roaming live bears, just north of Newberry, Michigan. Your hosts, Dean and Jewel Oswald, invite you to come explore black bears.  All of these gigantic fenced in enclosures contain the bears' natural habitat. We also provide our customers with a unique Souvenir Gift Shop.
Oswald's Bear Ranch, Bear Ranch, Black Bears, Bear Cubs
Oswald's Bear Ranch boasts four large habitats:
1/2 mile perimeter
1/2 mile perimeter
1/4 mile perimeter
1/4 mile perimeter

Bear Ranch, Bear Cubs, Oswalds, Upper Peninsula, Newberry MI
The Bear Ranch is a healthy walk about and not a drive thru. We do offer a trolley for the elderly and large groups. Here you will see the 29 American Black Bears in their unique and natural habitats. All of the fenced in large habitats are well maintained and safe for your viewing. We are handicap accessible. Bring your camera and get a picture of the cubs.  
Photograph Live Bears - Bear Photos Perfect Photo Opportunities!

Shown here to the left is one of our large photo platforms. There is an elevated platform located at each of the three habitats. They offer a birds' eye view of the bears,their surroundings, and are great locations to see the bears at their daily 4:00 p.m. feeding time. Dean has made great efforts to accommodate all his guests and their expectations.
Pictured below is the legendary Tyson Bear. He died July 2, 2000.

Tyson was 12 years old and was certified at the weight of 880 lbs. While alive, it is believed that Tyson weighed approximately one thousand pounds, prior to going into hibernation that winter.  He died in the spring and had lost at least 25lbs the week following his death. 
This was the Largest Black Bear in the U.S. and possibly the world. He was a dear close friend to Dean and Jewel.  This big bear will surely be missed.
Our Friend Tyson!
"The bear is a symbol of courage and bravery. Many indigenous (native) cultures have great respect for "Bear". Legends speak of a time when people shared caves with their "Brother Bear". The Spirit of Bear usually comes offering healing, nurturing, strength, protection, and wisdom."— Black Bear Tales and Native American Legends, by Suellen May Lamb