The years have brought many changes; the bell at the shipyard no longer tolls and the sound of the big saw going through a pine log is not heard (and cherry trees are scarce).

Industry has changed; vineyards and wineries are now seeing the largest investment in our area.

The first vine planted in Bear River goes back to the 1600's.

The Bear River Winery was the first vineyard established in Bear River by Chris Hawes, who relocated to the area in the 1980's.  This winery is located on former Clarke and Cunningham property.  Since then, other vineyards have been established.

Jerry Chute, from one of the original Bear River families, has returned and established a prosperous vineyard property.

Some long-time family names still involved in the business community of Bear River are Peck, Benson, Chute, Henshaw, Milbury, and Rice.