See the 142 nominations for Michigan Best Inland Lake

The inland lakes that shape our landscape from north to south and east to west are an integral part of our Michigan experience. We asked MLive readers to nominate the best inland lakes Michigan has to offer and you didn’t disappoint. Nominations came from all over the state and included popular spots for tourists and locals alike, as well as hidden gems that may only be known to those who live nearby.

“It’s the biggest, has the greatest variety of activities in and around it all year round, and has public access,” said one reader of the hugely popular Houghton Lake, which sounds like nirvana in an inland lake. “Fishing, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, ORV, history, golf, snowmobiling, skiing, dining, fun, hotels and family traditions. Easy to find from I-75, US-127, M-55, and more. “

Over 600 readers have submitted their nominations for Michigan’s Best Inland Sea, with over 140 individual lakes nominated. We specifically looked for lakes with public access and without large lakes.

Some of our inland lakes are within easy reach, such as the previously mentioned Houghton. Others are a little harder to find, but it’s well worth the trip. “This 1 mile (1.6 km) inland lake is as pristine as possible in Lower Michigan because the island is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and has no cabins,” said one reader of remote Manitou Lake on North Manitou Island. “The lake offers great fishing opportunities, especially black bass. No motorized boat can access the lake, and even inflatable portable flotation devices are difficult as the lake is only accessible on foot. Even so, it’s a great thing to fish by wading about 30 to 50 meters on the sandy bottom and fishing the drop off. “

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out our form and nominate their favorite spots.

We’ll be running our regional polls next week and hope that you will vote for your favorite Michigan inland lake. Our top Michigan team, John Gonzalez and Amy Sherman, will be sharing stories about some of the best inland lakes in Michigan over the next few weeks.

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See all nominations for Michigan’s Best Inland SeaJacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News

Detroit Metro Area

Lakeville Lake, Addison Township

Lake St. Clair

Cass Lake, Keefe Harbor

Kent Lake, Kensington Metro Park

Orchard Lake Village, Orchard Lake Village

Ann Arbor

South Pacific, Lyndon Parish

Portage Lake, Pinckney

Whitmore Lake, Whitmore Lake

Little Portage Lake, Dexter

Silver Lake, Pinckney Recreation Area

Halfmoon Lake, hell

Blind Lake, Gregory

Belleville Lake, Belleville

Bruin Lake, Unadilla

Silver Lake, hell

Pickerel Lake, Pinckney

Zuckey Lake, Pinckney

Lake Chemung, Howell

Michigan's best inland lake

Otsego Lake in Gaylord is known for its diverse range of water activities, including kayaking.John Gonzalez

Jackson area

Clark Lake, Ocean Beach Road

Vineyard Lake, Brooklyn

Cold water lake, cold water

Gilletts Lake, Jackson

Duck Lake, Springport

Deep Lake, Cambridge Twp.

Wamplers Lake, Brooklyn

Teufelssee, Teufelssee

Portage Lake, Waterloo Rec area

Round Lake, Jackson County

Lake Somerset, Somerset Center

Grass Lake, Grass Lake

Flint & thumb area

Lake Fenton, Fenton

Holloway Reservoir, Davison

Silver Lake, Fenton

Lake Ponemah, Fenton

Flint Park Lake / Teufelssee, Flint

Michigan's best inland lake

Kayaking is a popular sport in Michigan’s inland lakes and rivers. (Garret Ellison | MLive).Garret Ellison | MLive

Grand Rapids area

Reeds Lake, East Grand Rapids

Green Lake, Caledonia

Gun Lake, Yankee Springs

Murray Lake, Lowell

Kalamazoo & Southwest Michigan

Seagulls, Richland

Asylum lake, Kalamazoo

Upper Crooked Lake, Delton

Pine Lake, Plainwell

Paw Paw Lake, Coloma

Diamond Lake, Cassapolis

Reynolds Lake, Lawrence

Muskegon & Lakeshore

Mona Lake, Muskegon

Wolfssee, Muskegon

Spring Lake, Spring Lake

Muskegon Lake, Muskegon

Hart Lake, Hart

Silver Lake, Mears

Michigan's best inland lake

There are many water sports available on the Michigan Lakes, including kayaking. Alison Zywicki | [email protected]

Northern Lower Peninsula

Torch Lake, Alden

Otsego Lake, Gaylord

Lake Mecosta, Mecosta

Crystal Lake, Benzie County

Walloon lake

Lake Charlevoix

Glen Lake, Glen Arbor

Hardy Dam Pond, Big Prairie Parish

Burt Lake, Indian River

Higgins Lake, Higgins Lake

Black lake, onaway

Langer See, Interlochen

Bear Lake, Kalkaska

Jose Lake, South Branch

Houghton Lake, Houghton Lake

Littlefield Lake, Gilmore Parish

West Londo Lake, Hale

Hamlin Lake, Ludington

Rifle Lake, Hill Township

Chippewa Lake, Chippewa Lake

Leelenau See (north and south), Leelanau See

Kalksee, Ahornstadt

Mullet Lake, Aloha

Lake Missaukee, Lake City

Langer See, municipality of Alpena

Hubbard Lake, Hubbard Lake

Lake Ogemaw, West Branch

Lake Isabella, Lake Isabella

Zwischenensee, central lake

Crooked Lake, Conway

Eight point lake, lake

Lake Charlevoix, Charlevoix

Portage Lake, Onekema

Elk Lake, Elk Rapids

Margrethe lake, grayling

Secord Lake, Gladwin

Five seas, five seas

French farm lake, Wawatam parish

Sandsee, national city

Long Lake, Grand Traverse County

St. Mary’s Lake, Riverton Ward

Sage Lake, Sage Lake

Lily Lake, Harrison

Budd Lake, Harrison

Black Lake, Cheboygan

Lake Skegemog, fast city

Chub Lake, Gaylord

Lake St. Helen, St. Helen

East Twin Lake, Lewiston

Little Platte Lake, honor

Round lake, Charlevoix

Hesssee, Newaygo

Campbell Lake, Hesperia

Avalon Lake, Atlanta

Lake Mitchell, Cadillac

Hungersee, Mancelona

West Londo Lake, Hale

Lower Heringssee, Elberta

Blue lake, Mecosta

Round lake, Mecosta

Duck Lake, Interlochen

Sapphire Lake, Lake City

Sandsee, national city

Grand Lake, Presque Isle

Little Glen Lake, Empire

Big Glen Lake, Empire

two people on a lookout with a lake in the background

Lake of Clouds in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. (Photo by Lori Chapman | MLive)

Upper peninsula

Indian lake, Manistique

Lake Michigammee, Imperial Heights

Lake Gogebic, Lake Gogebic

Lake Gratiot, Mohawk

Little Lake Gerald, Twin Lakes

Manistique See, Curtis

Andrus lake, paradise

Trout lake, trout lake

Lake in the clouds, porcupine mountains

Rolandsee, Toivola

Lake Gerald, Toivola

Fortune Lake, Crystal Falls

Muskallonge Lake, McMillan Township

Portage Lake, Houghton

Amnesia Lake, Schoolcraft County

Michigan's best waterfront restaurant

John Gonzalez and Amy Sherman check out the amphibious car at The Cove in Leland, Michigan. They voted The Cove as Michigan’s Best Waterfront Restaurant.John Gonzalez


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