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Au Train Lake Au Train Lake, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, was of historical significance long before Europeans reached the area. Located only five miles south of ...
Austin Lake Austin Lake Pictures Sitting on a frozen lake, clutching a thermos of hot chocolate in mitten-clad hands, and hovering over a hole in the ice is not everyone's idea of fishing. ...
Baldy Lake Baldy Lake is located in Alger County, Michigan, and is a part of the state's Upper Peninsula tourism region. Baldy Lake is one or many lakes in the Manistique ...
Bass Lake Most of the lakes in the northwest region of Michigan are glacial in origin, and Bass Lake is no exception. The lake has 344 surface acres of water with ...
Big Glen Lake Big Glen Lake Pictures Looking down on the surprisingly blue water and sandy shores of Big Glen Lake, she can see why it is called Inspiration Point. The view across the lake ...
Black Lake Black Lake Pictures Black Lake is a popular sporting lake located in Cheboygan and Presque Isle counties in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Surrounded by acres of water and ...
Bodi Lake Bodi Lake Pictures Seated in Luce County of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, near the coast of Lake Superior, is the little gem called Bodi Lake. Bodi Lake is surrounded by ...
Burt Lake Burt Lake Pictures Also known as: Chaboiganing
Twenty miles south of the Straits of Mackinac is the ancient inland waterway from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. This series of connecting lakes and rivers ...
Cass Lake Cass Lake Pictures Michigan is fortunate to have many fishing and water sport destination options. Cass Lake, just a 30-mile ride from Detroit, is a popular freshwater ...
Cedar Lake Also known as: Big Cedar Lake, Little Cedar Lake
Surrounded by south west Michigan's Grape Country, Cedar Lake is a year round recreation destination. Spring and summer bring fishing, boating and swimming. ...
Chicagon Lake Chicagon Lake Pictures Also known as: Chicaugon Lake
Chicagon Lake lies in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula only a few miles from the Wisconsin state line. The 1000-acre natural lake isn't well-known except ...
Cisco Chain of Lakes Cisco Chain of Lakes Pictures Also known as: Little African Lake, Cisco Lake, Thousand Island Lake, Big African Lake, Record Lake, Lindsley Lake, Fishhawk Lake, Morley Lake, Poor Lake, Indian Lake, East Bay Lake, Big Lake, West Bay Lake, Mamie Lake, Clearwater Lake
One of the lesser-known gems in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is the Cisco Chain of Lakes. This chain of interconnected lakes straddles the border between ...
Clam Lake Clam Lake Pictures Clam Lake sparkles in the midst of northwest Michigan's beautiful countryside. Tucked between Torch Lake and Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake is part of the lower ...
Clark Lake Clark Lake Pictures Also known as: Clarklake
One of Southeast Michigan's long-term favorite places to be in summer is Clark Lake. This natural lake, enhanced in size by a small dam, has been a popular ...
Coldwater Lake Coldwater Lake Pictures Coldwater Lake, in quiet Southwest Michigan, is the epitome of the traditional Michigan lake vacation destination. Nestled just north of the Indiana state ...
Corey Lake Corey Lake is a natural 630-acre lake in southwestern Michigan near the community of Three Rivers. Most of Corey Lake is located in St. Joseph County ...
Crystal Lake Crystal Lake Pictures Also known as: Cap Lake
Crystal Lake, in northwestern Michigan's Benzie County, wouldn't be the beautiful sandy-shored lake it is today without the "Tragedy of Crystal Lake". ...
Devils Lake Devils Lake Pictures Devils Lake is a 1,330-acre recreational lake in southeastern Michigan near the Ohio border. Devils Lake lies in a region that was once inhabited by a ...
Diamond Lake For those who dream of living on a private island, Diamond Lake in southwest Michigan can turn dreams into reality. Diamond Lake, with Diamond Island ...
Duck Lake - Calhoun County Located in Calhoun County, Duck Lake is a 629-acre lake near the small community of Springport in south-central Michigan. Listed as one of Michigan's ...
Duck Lake - Muskegon County Duck Lake - Muskegon County Pictures One of Michigan's newest state parks graces the north shore of Duck Lake in Muskegon County. Lying just a few hundred feet inland from Lake Michigan in ...
Eagle Lake Sitting on the dock dangling her feet in the water and sipping a glass of local wine has become her favorite way to end the day at the cottage on Eagle ...
Elk Lake Elk Lake Pictures A visit to Elk Lake is a fisherman's dream come true. The huge lake is nearly 200 ft deep in some areas and is actually deep enough to offer lake trout ...
Fletcher Pond Fletcher Pond Pictures Also known as: Fletcher Flooding
Fletcher Pond, also known as the Fletcher Flooding, is an impoundment first created in 1935 when the Alpena Power Company dammed the Upper South Branch ...
Goshorn Lake An undiscovered gem among Michigan lakes is Goshorn Lake. This tiny 26-acre lake lies nestled behind the dunes in Michigan's Southwestern Tourism Region ...
Grand Lake Grand Lake is steeped in history, rich in beauty and loaded with ways to enjoy the area. Grand Lake is in the Northeastern Tourism Region of Michigan. ...
Gull Lake Gull Lake Pictures Gull Lake is a picturesque 2,030-acre natural lake in southwestern Michigan. The lake most likely got its name from the large number of seagulls that ...
Gun Lake Gun Lake Pictures Beautiful Gun Lake, located off US 131 north of Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been a vacation and boating destination for well over a hundred years. Originally ...
Hess Lake Also known as: Big Brooks Lake
Hess Lake is a natural freshwater lake in the West Central tourism region of Michigan. Located in Newaygo County in Brooks Township, just southeast of ...
Higgins Lake Higgins Lake Pictures With depths that average 52 feet and range as deep as 141 feet, the azure waters of Higgins Lake assure a remarkable transparency that helped it gain ...
Houghton Lake Houghton Lake Pictures Houghton Lake is a shallow, marshy lake with a sandy, gravely bottom. Warm in the summer, freezing over during the winter months, and staying cool during ...
Intermediate Lake Intermediate Lake Pictures Also known as: Central Lake, Elk River Chain of Lakes
Intermediate Lake, in Antrim County is one of the main lakes in the Elk River Chain of Lakes which include Beals, Scotts, Six Mile, St. Clair, Ellsworth, ...
Klinger Lake Klinger Lake in Saint Joseph County has been a top recreation and fishing spot in western lower Michigan for well over 150 years. Located less than three ...
Lac La Belle Lac La Belle Pictures Located within Keweenaw County, Michigan, Lake La Belle certainly lives up to its French translation: "Beautiful Lake." It is located on the Keweenaw ...
Lac Vieux Desert Also known as: Lac Vieux Lake
Lac Vieux Desert is the French name for this 4,260-acre lake of Michigan and Wisconsin. The name was given by French fur trappers who were among the ...
Lake Bellaire Lake Bellaire Pictures Also known as: Grass Lake
Michigan has a bounty of beautiful lakes, and those found in Antrim County are no exception. Lake Bellaire is situated to the east of Lake Michigan; this ...
Lake Charlevoix Lake Charlevoix Pictures Also known as: Pine Lake
Lake Charlevoix is one of the most famous of northern Michigan lakes primarily because of its popularity among boaters of all types. Originally called ...
Lake Erie Lake Erie Pictures Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes of North America, straddles the borders of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, and the Canadian province of Ontario. ...
Lake Gogebic Lake Gogebic, located at the western tip of Michigan's Upper Peninsula (UP) is a hidden gem, far undervalued in the outdoor sports world. Lake Gogebic ...
Lake Huron Lake Huron Pictures A glacial lake of epic proportions, Lake Huron is the second largest of the five Great Lakes by surface area, boasting 23,010 square miles and an incredible ...
Lake Independence Tucked up against Lake Superior, 1,860-acre Lake Independence is an exceptional recreation destination on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Fed primarily by ...
Lake Leelanau Lake Leelanau Pictures Also known as: Carp Lake
Michigan is a bounty of natural resources - a place where every town is less than two hours from a body of water. Among these bodies of water, Lake Leelanau ...
Lake Macatawa Lake Macatawa Pictures Also known as: Black Lake
The Ottawa tribe of Native Americans called Lake Macatawa "Ma-Ca-Ta-Wa" or Black Lake. The water, like many lakes in northern states, was dark from tannin ...
Lake Michigan Lake Michigan Pictures As the only Great Lake nestled completely within the boundaries of the United States, Lake Michigan is the pride and joy of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, ...
Lake Michigan-Huron Lake Michigan-Huron Pictures Lake Michigan and Lake Huron - two of North America's Great Lakes - are contiguous and they share the same elevation of 577 feet above sea level. They ...
Lake Saint Clair Lake Saint Clair Pictures Also known as: Lake St. Clair
Heart-shaped Lake Saint Clair is the smallest body of water in the Great Lakes system. Tucked between Lake Huron to the north and Lake Erie to the south, ...
Lake Saint Helen Also known as: Lake St. Helen
Lake Saint Helen is located in Roscommon County of northern Michigan near Interstate 75 and right next to the town of St. Helen - Charlton Heston's childhood ...
Lake Superior Lake Superior Pictures Skipping over state and country borders, Lake Superior, the largest, deepest, coldest, cleanest, least developed, and most pristine of the Great Lakes, ...
Leach Lake A hidden treasure awaits at Leach Lake. This small lake lies in the Southwest Region of Michigan and is often overshadowed by larger, more well-known ...
Little Glen Lake White sand beaches and strikingly blue water to rival the Caribbean don't instantly call northwest Michigan to mind, but for Little Glen Lake it's true. ...
Long Lake-Cheboygan County Long Lake-Cheboygan County Pictures When searching for Long Lake in Michigan, many lakes might fit the bill. More than two dozen lakes in this state bear the same name, scattered among more ...
Long Lake-Grand Traverse County Long Lake-Grand Traverse County Pictures Long Lake, near Traverse City in Grand Traverse County, is a popular vacation destination with activities and vistas that lighten the soul. Whether your ...
Magician Lake Also known as: Silver lake
Magician Lake. . .the name holds an air of mystery. One envisions foggy evenings and a haunted island. But in truth, the only mystery about Magician Lake ...
Manistique Lakes Manistique Lakes Pictures Also known as: Big Manistique Lake, North Manistique Lake, South Manistique Lake, Millecoquins Lake, Milakokia Lake, Lake Ann Louise
Manistique Lakes! Just the name is enough to evoke bouts of nostalgia in millions of past visitors. The lakes - North Manistique Lake at 1,722 acres, ...
Mill Lake Mill Lake Pictures Also known as: Waterloo Recreation Area
The Waterloo Recreation Area in Southeast Michigan has so many lakes, it's hard to pick a place to begin. Small Mill Lake is a natural starting point ...
Mullett Lake Mullett Lake Pictures Mullett Lake is Michigan's fifth largest lake, covering 17,360 acres with 28 shoreline miles. Sitting at the center of Michigan's Inland Waterway, Mullett ...
Muskegon Lake Muskegon Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Muskegon
One of Michigan's little-known vacation hotspots is Muskegon Lake. Lake Muskegon, as it is sometimes called, has been a major port on the eastern Lake ...
Opal Lake Opal Lake Pictures Sitting on the dock watching the colors of the sunset setting the blue lake on fire, it's easy to see why this lake is named Opal Lake. White sand beaches ...
Orchard Lake Orchard Lake is a 788-acre natural lake in southeastern Michigan, just three miles from the city of Pontiac and 25 miles from Detroit. This residential ...
Otsego Lake A plane's deep droning in the distance becomes louder and louder as visitors at Otsego Lake look up towards the sky. Those new to the scene quickly realize ...
Paradise Lake Paradise Lake Pictures Also known as: Carp Lake, Lake Paradise
Paradise Lake is truly a lakelubber's paradise. This 1900-acre lake in Michigan's Northwest region has been a paradise for countless numbers of cottage ...
Paw Paw Lake Paw Paw Lake. Just the name invokes lazy, hot summer days in a secluded country setting. Situated in Southwest Michigan, 891-acre Paw Paw Lake is a country-like ...
Pentwater Lake Pentwater Lake Pictures Also known as: Pent Water Lake
Oceana County, Michigan, is home to Pentwater Lake, a 483-acre natural freshwater lake with a very irregular shape. Pentwater Lake's shoreline is 8.6 ...
Perch Lake Sipping wine on the dock at Perch Lake with nothing to break the quiet but the chorus of bullfrogs, time slows down - settling into a new rhythm. Peaceful ...
Pickerel Lake Pickerel Lake Pictures Pickerel Lake, in Michigan's Northwest Region, is a nature lover's delight. Part of the headwaters of the famed Inland Waterway, Pickerel Lake covers ...
Pine Lake Pine Lake Pictures Located in rural Barry County, Michigan, Pine Lake is actually four lakes connected by small navigable channels. With Kalamazoo a short 30-mile drive ...
Pleasant Lake Pleasant Lake is a small family-friendly lake tucked away in southeast Michigan. The 269-acre all sports lake in Jackson County has more than enough ...
Pontiac Lake Pontiac Lake Pictures Long a recreational playground in southeast Michigan, Pontiac Lake never fails to enchant visitors. The lake was created in 1927 when the state built ...
Portage Lake Portage Lake Pictures Portage Lake is a fantastic stop for the Lake Michigan traveler. The lake is connected to Lake Michigan by a channel and is a great lake for sailing. ...
Round Lake Round Lake Pictures Fireworks burst in the sky over Round Lake lighting up the skyline of Charlevoix. The city encircles the lake holding it like a treasure, the best natural ...
Silver Lake Pushing her kayak out into the water of Silver Lake, she glides through the early morning mist rising off the surface of the water. With steady, strong ...
Spider Lake Spider Lake Pictures With more than 50 lakes in Grand Traverse County alone, Michigan is a wonderful state for lake lovers to explore. Spider Lake, in the Northwest tourism ...
Spring Lake Spring Lake Pictures Spring Lake is a 1,300-acre bayou in west central Michigan that flows into the Grand River, which in turn empties into Lake Michigan. Access to Spring ...
Thunder Lake Thunder Lake in Michigan can mean two things: a 63-acre lake in Mason County or a 340-acre lake in Schoolcraft County. In this article, Schoolcraft County's ...
Tittabawassee Lakes Tittabawassee Lakes Pictures Also known as: Secord Lake, Sanford Lake, Smallwood Lake, Wixom Lake
The Tittabawassee River is one of Michigan's main river systems, draining lands in the Northeast and East Central Michigan regions into the Saginaw River ...
Torch Lake Torch Lake Pictures Torch Lake holds the dual distinction as Michigan's longest inland lake (18 miles) and its second largest inland lake (18,770 acres). The lake's unparalleled ...
Twin Lake Twin Lake Pictures Horace Greeley may have advised, "Go west" but, if he had been in Muskegon, he might have said, "Go east" instead - to Twin Lake. A few miles east of ...
Upper Herring Lake Upper Herring Lake is a modestly sized naturally occurring freshwater lake in the Traverse City Lakes area of Michigan, located in the northwestern part ...
Van Etten Lake Ice huts dot the frozen surface of Van Etten Lake in northeast Michigan. Inside the huts anglers sip thermoses of coffee and pull strings of perch from ...
Wall Lake One of 300 lakes found among the rolling grasslands and open fields of Michigan's Southwest tourism region, Wall Lake is a private residential lake. Located ...
Walloon Lake Walloon Lake Pictures Walloon Lake - Hemmingway's Michigan. Ernest Hemmingway was born here, spent 22 youthful summers here and came back to the lake for his honeymoon. The ...
Walnut Lake Walnut Lake Pictures Also known as: Black Walnut Lake
Walnut Lake is a suburban secret. Sometimes, the best lakes are found in the most unexpected places. Walnut Lake, in the Southeast Region of Michigan ...
Wamplers Lake Wamplers Lake Pictures The favorite destination of many summer visitors, 750-acre Wamplers Lake has delighted countless generations seeking water-based fun. Nestled in the picturesque ...
West Twin Lake West Twin Lake is situated in Montmorency County in the northeastern region of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. This 1,313-acre lake is paired geographically ...
White Lake White Lake Pictures Will White Lake again become the economic driver for the cities of Whitehall and Montague in Michigan's West Central Region? That's entirely possible ...

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