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!


Members of the:
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 Attraction

Welcome to Oswald's Bear Ranch, located in Upper Michigan.  This complex is the largest (bear only) Bear Ranch in the entire United States of America. Since opening to the public in 1997, Oswald's Bear Ranch as grown tremendously over the years.  

We now have 29 bears, 2 huge habitats (1/2 and 1/3 mile perimeter) and 2 smaller habitats (1/4 mile perimeter each). The yearling bears have a wonderful waterfall within their habitat. Oswald's Bear Ranch is one of the top ten family friendly Upper Michigan Attractions that is affordable and fun.

Upper Michigan Bear Ranch, Black Bear Ranch, Upper Michigan Attraction

We also offer a great educational experience for visiting youth through our, "Free School Bus Field Trips".  We educate the children about our rescued cubs, raising cubs to grown bears and the care needed to protect black bears and their environment.
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Oswald's Bear Ranch Videos
We invite you to visit our Bear Ranch Videos. See how the Oswald's interact, care and raise these wonderful black bears.

Featured Video: Watch the bear cubs take their first steps.  Patti, Tammi & Sammi enjoy a crawl in the ranch living room where they learn to walk.
Upper Michigan Black Bears, Oswald's Bear Ranch, Bear Ranch Located just 20 minutes south of Tahquamenon Falls, or from Newberry go 4 miles north on M-123 towards Tahquamenon Falls. Turn left at 4 Mile Corner (Deer Park Rd., Muskallonge Lake, H-37 H-407). Then it's 4 1/2 more miles to see the home of Tyson Bear (died July 2, 2000) certified weight of 880 lbs. The Largest Black Bear in the U.S. and possibly the World. 

Oswald's Bear Ranch has 4 habitats that allow visitors to explore the perimeters and view these great live roaming bears. Platforms allow visitors to have a barrier free view of the bears. This is a great place to bring the family.
View Our Photos of the Black Bear Cubs
Rescued cubs are brought here every year and they are always a joy to see. Area youth enter contests yearly to name these newborn creatures. People love to see them grow, play and become adult bears.   1st Photo below:  Dean Oswald, owner with black bear cub.
Highlights from
CREATING A BEAR HOME - "Ranch in U.P. draws visitors from all over the world"
Detroit Free Press By Writer Alan R. Kamuda
"Bears are everywhere. They're in the front yard, the back yard & alongside the house." Writes Alan R. Kamuda after his visit to the Oswald Bear Ranch.  "The DNR would call me with an abandoned cub asking when I could handle another one," Oswald said. "Someone would buy a newborn bear cub, then couldn't handle them when they were 2 years old and call me up asking if I could take it. A neglected bear would need a new home. It just started to grow & never stopped."
  Oswald's Bear Ranch is a proud associate member of the ZAA - Zoological Association of Amercia. 

We're excited to show you the ranch, come by and visit
one of Michigan's top attractions!

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