The only community on the lake is Deline at the southwest end, near the Great Bear River, and it is accessed by Déline Airport or, in the summer, Déline Water Aerodrome. As of the 2006 Census the population was 525.
The former Hudson's Bay Company post, Fort Confidence is located on the Dease River which feeds into Dease Arm at the northeast corner.
The mining area known as Port Radium, site of the Eldorado Mine where pitchblende was discovered, is located on the eastern shore.
Fishing is an important income source and there are five fishing lodges located around the lake. One of which, Plummers Great Bear Lake Lodge which is located on the Dease Arm just north of the Arctic Circle, operate both Great Bear Lake Airport and Great Bear Lake Water Aerodrome. In 1995, a 32.8 kg (72.3 lb) lake trout, the largest ever caught with a rod and reel, was taken on the lake.
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