20 Most Beautiful Lakes in Michigan (2022)

Michigan, boasting the longest freshwater coastline in the world, has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds and 11,000 lakes. Wherever you are in Michigan, you are less than six miles away from a natural body of water. The Grand Traverse County alone has 50 lakes. Big and small, glacial and man-made, some are inland and some are connected to Lake Michigan. Some are deep and others are shallow, with ancient cypress trunks rising from the waters. Ancient forests surround some, and others have huge dunes that tower over them. Be sure to call the attractions and restaurants ahead of your visit to confirm current opening times.

1.Bass Lake

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Bass Lake is a 344-acre glacial lake in the northwest region of Michigan in the western end of Grand Traverse County near Grawn and Traverse City. The lake reaches a maximum depth of 28 feet and boasts lovely sandy beaches, while soaring trees provide pleasant shady areas for visitors enjoying a weekend on the water. While the lake is great for all sorts of water sports like kayaking, canoeing, and waterskiing, it is also one of the more popular fishing lakes with the locals. Anglers come for rock bass, northern pike, and walleye, all of which thrive in the cold lake waters. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has a boat ramp that offers public boat access for boaters coming to Bass Lake. While very close to populated areas, the lake has the feel of a wild, isolated place.

2.Big Glen Lake

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Big Glen Lake is a 4,871-acre lake near the charming little town of Glen Arbor. It reaches a maximum depth of 130 feet and has a pleasant sandy shoreline surrounded by rolling dunes and occasional small forests. The water is crystal clear and is justifiably nicknamed Inspiration Point. Big Glen Lake and its smaller cousin Little Glen Lake were connected to Lake Michigan during the last ice age, but the sandbar that was accumulated through ages separated the two over time. The lake is very popular with boaters and families looking for a nice day of swimming as well as with fishermen. It is rich with yellow perch, brown trout, smallmouth bass, lake trout, and northern pike. There is easy access to the lake from the public boat ramp on Little Glen Lake and several private marinas. The Glen Lakes are connected by a narrow channel that runs under the bridge that crosses the lakes. Just next to the lake is the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore created in 1970 to protect the 110-foot tall dunes. The park stretches to Lake Michigan and also north and south of Manitou Islands.

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3.Burt Lake

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Burt Lake is one of several waterways that connect Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Located about twenty miles from the Straits of Mackinac, this lovely lake is a popular tourist destination, and although it is heavily populated, it still contains quiet stretches of natural spaces. Most of them are protected, such as the Colonial Point Memorial Forest, the Chaboiganing Nature Preserve, and Seven Springs Nature Preserve. The most popular is Burt Lake State Park with more than 2,000 feet of sandy beach. Maple Bay County Campground and Beach offer rustic camping and a nice swimming beach. The only village on the lake is Indian River, and its marina provides boat rentals and repairs, slips, and permanent facilities. Fishing is the most popular activity, with trophy walleye, sturgeon, brown and rainbow trout, rock bass, and many other fish species biting depending on the season. The Maple Bay area’s sheltered bay provides warm, pleasant shallows that are great for swimming and sailing.

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4.Clam Lake

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Clam Lake is an 18,473-acre lake snuggled between Torch Lake and Lake Bellaire, about 30 miles from Traverse City and 140 miles from Grand Rapids. Clam Lake has become a popular destination for boating, fishing, skiing, and sightseeing. The lake’s maximum depth is 27 feet, and its average depth is 13 feet. Boaters, kayakers, and canoeists use Clam Lake as a passage through the miles of scenic waterway on the way to other lakes, but its nine-mile long shoreline is densely populated with year-round and seasonal residents. About 16 percent of the lake shoreline is protected from development. There are private and public boat ramps on both ends of the lake. Shallow marshes along the lake provide excellent cover for panfish and pike, and in deeper water anglers can expect to catch walleye, perch, bluegill, all kinds of bass, brown trout, and crappie. Ice fishing on the lake during the winter is also very popular. The Grass River Natural Area with seven miles of trails is located at the southeastern end of Clam Lake.

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5.Crystal Lake

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Crystal Lake is located in northwestern Michigan in Benzie County in a depression about a mile from the Lake Michigan. It is connected to Lake Michigan through a small outlet stream and Betsie River. To make the stream more navigable, x a logger decided to enlarge it in 1873. As a consequence, the lake water was lowered by 20 feet and is today surrounded by sandy beaches. Fortunately, the lake is located in a deep valley so its depth is still 175 ft. Since the only town around the lake is the village of Beulah, the lake’s water is very clear and unpolluted. The village has a nice public beach, a playground, a park with pavilions, picnic tables and barbecues, tennis courts, and parking. Crystal lake is great for swimming, canoeing, water-skiing, and fishing. There are a number of fishing guides who know where to find Rock and Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Brown and Rainbow Trout, and Coho Salmon.

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6.Elk Lake

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Elk Lake, a deep glacial lake reaching depths of 200 feet, is located at the end of the chain of 14 lakes in the Elk River Chain of Lake not far from Grand Traverse Bay. The lake is about eight miles long and four miles wide and is popular for all sorts of water sports and trout fishing. The best spot for finding lake trout is the deep hole in the center of the lake. The trout meat is considered extremely tasty, and fishing for trout on Elk Lake is popular year round, including through the ice. Waterskiing, tubing, wakeboarding, kayaking, sailing, and ice-boating in winter are also very popular on the lake. Elk Rapids is the only sizable village on the lake, and it provides a lake marina and other facilities such as boat rentals.

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7.Gull Lake

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Gull Lake is a 2,030-acre glacial lake located about 11 miles from Kalamazoo in southwestern Michigan. It is about five miles long and only one mile wide. It has an 18.5-mile long shoreline that is quite populated, and most of the families are year-round residents. Gull Lake became a summer getaway for wealthy families in the late 1800s. The lake’s superb water quality is still attracting visitors who share Gull Lake with residents for fishing, water skiing, boating, canoeing, sailing, swimming, and even scuba diving. In the winter, ice skating, ice fishing, ice boating, and ice golf are common activities. There are two points for public access. Prairieville Township Park, located on the north shore, provides a boat launch ramp that can fit 70 boat trailers. A much smaller boat access on the northeast shore is located on Baseline Road. There are two marinas and a golf course on the Gull Lake shoreline. The Kellogg Biological Station and Bird Sanctuary are located on the eastern shore, both owned by Michigan State University.

8.Best Lakes in Michigan: Higgins Lake

Higgins Lake is a natural glacial lake located five miles west from the town of Roscommon. Its maximum depth of 141 feet and average depth of 52 feet ensure crystal clear, and the azure blue waters and spectacular visibility make the lake very attractive to snorkelers. Other popular water sports on the lake include tubing, water skiing, and kneeboarding. Higgins Lake offers superb fishing opportunities for northern pike, brown, lake and rainbow trout, and smallmouth bass. Ice fishing is so popular that on days with good ice conditions, you can see more than 100 ice shanties on the lake. North Higgins State Park and South Higgins State Park on two ends of the lake offer campgrounds, beaches, trails, and launch ramps. North Higgins State Park also has the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, featuring the photographs, artifacts, and other historical elements of the Civilian Conservation Corps. South Higgins State Park is larger and has almost one mile of the lake's shoreline. It also has three major hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails. All along the lake’s 22-mile shoreline are pleasant sand beaches. You will also find three boat ramps.

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9.Lake Bellaire

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Lake Bellaire is a 1,793-acre natural freshwater lake in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Shaped like an elongated S, it has 11.5 miles long shore, with the lower half of the lake significantly widening. Its maximum depth is 95 feet and average depth is 43 feet. Lake Bellaire is part of the chain of 14 lakes in the Elk River Watershed Chain of Lakes. The lakes in the chain are connected through rivers and streams so that boaters can go from one to another, enjoying spectacular scenery on the way. Lake Bellaire is great for swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing, sailing, boating, and fishing. The lake is densely populated and surrounded by a number of luxurious resorts as well as charming bed and breakfasts, inns, condo villages, and modern campgrounds. The main town on the lake is Bellaire, located on the northeast side.

10.Lake Leelanau

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Lake Leelanau is located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula not far from the Traverse City. It is separated by Lake Michigan and a dam, and it is connected through Leland River. It consists of the 2,950 acres North Lake Leelanau and 5,370 acres South Lake Leelanau. The two parts of the lake have different depths and temperatures, providing home to different fish species and attracting anglers looking for walleye, yellow perch, or bass. The nearby town of Leland has an annual Walleye Festival in the spring. Leland also has a marina, a number of fishing guides and charters, and a ferry that takes tourists to Manitou Islands. The lakeshores are dotted with private residencies, cottages, campgrounds, and log cabins.

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11.Michigan Lakes: Lake Michigan

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Lake Michigan is a 22,400 square miles lake stretched between Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan. It is the largest freshwater lake in the world within one country; Lake Michigan is 307 miles long and 118 miles wide, with 1,640 miles of shoreline. There are over 80 lighthouses around the lake and its large islands. Lake Michigan is also a home to 12 million people and the destination of thousands of visitors. Lake Michigan has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and a number of popular parks that protect the lake’s diverse environment. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore takes about 35 miles of the lake’s eastern shoreline and offers forests, beaches, and spectacular dune formations. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has 25 miles of the lake’s coastline, sand dunes, rivers, swamps, wetland forests, and much more. There are miles of hiking trails all around the lake as well as the 6,500-mile scenic Great Lakes Circle Tour. Lake Michigan has enough fish for both commercial and sport fishing, and it is rich in brown trout, chinook and coho salmon, lake trout, perch, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, steelhead, smallmouth bass, and walleye.

12.Lake Muskegon

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Lake Muskegon is a 4,232-acre lake on the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan, connected to the lake via the mile-long Muskegon River. The towns of Muskegon and North Muskegon used to be industrial powerhouses in the mid-1800s. The lake and wetlands that surround it are crucial parts of the Great Lakes’ coastal wetlands. Muskegon Lake is homeport to a number of yacht clubs, and sailing on the lake is very popular. Other sports are power boating, kite-boarding, water skiing, pontooning, and paddle boating. There are 13 marinas and seven launch sites, and the lake is host to a number of sailboat races. Regattas are also held regularly in the warmer months. Fishing is a favored activity on Muskegon Lake. Anglers come for the walleye, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, Chinook salmon, brown and lake trout, and catfish.

13.Little Glen Lake

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With their white sand beaches and clear blue waters, Little Glen Lake and its big sister Big Glen Lake are among the most beautiful in the state. They are glacial by origin and were separated from Lake Michigan by a sandbar created over time. Little Glen Lake covers 1,415 acres, and its maximum depth is 13 feet. The Little Glen Lake is surrounded by rolling sand dunes and forests. There is a public boat launch on Little Glen Lake as well as a number of private marinas. Alligator Hill is located in the northern part of Little Glen Lake and is wonderful to explore by kayak or canoe. Swimming and water-skiing are also popular, but fishing is the king, especially for yellow perch, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and brown and lake trout.

14.Long Lake

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Long Lake is located just 15 minutes from Traverse City and is quickly developing as an upscale neighborhood, with a number of luxury homes and summer cottages on its banks. The views are spectacular, the water is crystal clear, and the bottom is sandy, perfect for kids splashing and parents swimming. The lake has plenty of fish and four small islands for exploring. South Island is home to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, which allows public access. Another small island opened to the public is owned by the Gerald Oleson Foundation. There are private boat ramps all around the lake and two public boat ramps at Crescent Shores Boat Launch and Gilbert Park. The lake is full of bluegill, green sunfish, brown bullhead catfish, muskellunge, largemouth bass, northern pike, rock bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, smallmouth bass, yellow bullhead catfish, walleye, and yellow perch.

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15.Manistique Lakes

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Manistique Lakes consist of the 1,722-acre North Manistique Lake, the 10,130-acre Big Manistique Lake, the 4,001-acre South Manistique Lake, the 1,956-acre Milakokia Lake, the 311-acre Lake Ann Louise and the 1,890-acre Millecoquins Lake. The lakes are located in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula and are created by the retreating glacier at the end of the last ice age. Their shorelines are mostly shallow and sandy, creating great swimming beaches for kids. Water skiing, pontooning, jet skiing, sailing, wind surfing, power-boating, and paddling are also very popular. Most of the lakes are fairly shallow. The deepest is North Manistique Lake at about 50 ft. While all lakes are rich in fish, they vary in the species they have, and anglers know where to go for their favorites: white sucker, walleye, sunfish, largemouth bass, rock bass, muskellunge, northern pike, yellow perch, and smallmouth bass. Most lakes have public boat ramps. The town of Curtis, located on the south end of Big Manistique Lake, hosts a number of festivals such as Oktoberfest, Curtis Winter Carnival, Art on The Lake, and a spectacular Fourth of July celebration with extravagant fireworks over the lake.

16.Mullett Lake

Mullett Lake, at 17,360 acres, is one of the largest lakes in Michigan. The lake has 28 miles of shoreline and was once a Native American trade route. The lake offers fun year-round, with ice fishing or snowmobiling in the winter on the 11-mile long trail, surrounded by beautiful dense forests of mostly maples, red oak, aspen white cedar, spruce, pine, and tamarac. The trail is also popular among horseback riders and hikers in the summer. On the lake’s eastern shore is Aloha State Park with 285 modern campsites, a trail, boat ramp with harbor, picnic areas, two sandy swimming beaches, horseshoe pits, a softball field and, volleyball and basketball courts. Several public boat ramps allow fishermen easy access to the spots rich in bass, smelt, trout, yellow perch, northern pike, and walleye.

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17.Paradise Lake

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Paradise Lake is a 1900-acre lake in Michigan's Northwest with about 10 miles of shoreline dotted with cottages and year-round family homes. The lake became popular among tourists at the beginning of the 20th century, and there are still a few resort camps on its shores. Dense woods around the lake give the area a wild, natural look, and they are home to a number of wildlife species such as deer and wild turkeys, eagles, loons, and other birds. The lake is very popular for waterskiing, jet skiing, tubing, and swimming. Rowboats, canoes, and kayaks are available for rental all around the lake. There is a small marina at one end of the lake with public access for the boaters and basic boating necessities. Paradise Lake is tannin-stained, and it is the perfect environment for largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, northern pike, rock bass, walleye, smallmouth bass, and yellow perch. The lake is fairly shallow and is endangered by invasive species such as Eurasian milfoil and zebra mussels.

18.Michigan Lakes: Perch Lake

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Perch Lake is a lovely, quiet 40-acre lake in Michigan’s Northwest Region. Located in Grand Traverse County, it is only about 20 miles from Traverse City. The lake’s shores are lined with mature trees and dotted with small sandy beaches, perfect for family picnics, swimming, canoeing, or exploring in a kayak. Fishing is popular year-round; there is ice fishing in the winter, and in the summer you can see fishing boats any time of the day, with anglers looking for bluegill, pike, perch, and bass. No motor boats are permitted on the lake, keeping the lake quiet and natural. Perch Lake is completely surrounded by the 330,000-acre Traverse City State Forest, a paradise for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. The forest includes the Seven Bridges Natural Area, created around the Rapid River's charming wooden bridges. The Forest also includes the 3,300-acre Skemog Swamp Wildlife Area.

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19.Portage Lake

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Connected to Lake Michigan by a channel, Portage Lake was originally settled by workers at the local saw mill. As the business grew, many Midwestern lumber barons built luxury homes along the lake shore, and fancy resorts started cropping up. Many artesian mineral springs in the area were believed to be good for the health, adding to the attraction. Some of those resorts have been renovated and are still around. One resort had a deep-water marina for large Great Lakes steamers. There are a couple of shipwrecks at the bottom of Portage Lake attracting curious divers. The oldest sailing club on the lake was the Onekama Sailing Club, which operated from 1896 to 1910. There are two public boat launches on the lake, one owned and operated by the Michigan Department of Natural and the other owned by the Village of Onekama in town. Annual bass tournaments on the lake are very popular, and so is ice fishing in the winter.

20.Round Lake

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Round Lake sits between Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix, with Pine River connecting the two. It is considered an important natural harbor on Lake Michigan, and the Charlevoix village, established on its shore in 1871, today completely encircles the lake. The lake is today known as a resort lake, with lavish summer homes and clubs cropping up all around. East Park on the lake hosts many families on weekends, and during festivals offers a stage to musical groups and bands. The park also has public docks and a paved walkway that goes around Round Lake, taking visitors to the Charlevoix Lighthouse. Boat traffic from the Michigan Lake is significant, and plenty of fish attract anglers looking for smallmouth bass and walleye.

21.Silver Lake

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Silver Lake is the 600-acre lake in Grand Traverse County created by retreating glaciers during the last ice age. The lake’s average depth is 23.4 feet, and the maximum depth is 96 feet. There is public boating access near the town of Grawn. The lake’s irregular shoreline is wonderful to explore in a canoe, kayak, or a sailboat. Waterskiing is also very popular, but nothing compares with the popularity of fishing, as the lake is full of perch, sunfish, bass, bluegill, pike, and walleye. The lake is surrounded by dense hardwood and pine forest and is dotted with charming small sandy beaches excellent for swimming.

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22.Spider Lake

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Spider Lake is a natural 459-acre lake in Northwest Michigan. This freshwater inland lake is exceptionally clear, and in some shallower parts where the depth is about eight feet, the bottom of the lake can be clearly seen. The lake contains a great variety of fish such as crappie, perch, pike, bluegill, and bass. While motorboats are allowed, there are some no-wake zones close to the shore and in the shallow parts of the lake. There is a public boat launch on the southwestern shore, and boat and bike rentals are available all around the lake. The maximum depth of the lake is 32 feet, and it is very pleasant for swimming and all sorts of water activities such as canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and paddleboats. Jet skiing, windsurfing, and parasailing are also very popular. Winter brings different kind of fun on the lake such as ice fishing, snow tubing, snowmobiling, sledding, snow shoeing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and much more. Dense forests around the lake are home to a variety of wildlife.

23.Torch Lake

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Torch Lake is beautiful large inland lake in the northwest lower peninsula of Michigan, about 15 minutes from Charlevoix and half hour from Traverse City. It is Michigan's longest lake at 18 miles and second largest at 18,770 acres. The lake is of glacial origin and is an unusual, very beautiful turquoise color. Torch Lake is part of the Lower Chain of Lakes, one of 14. Its maximum depth is 300 feet. Its significant size makes it wonderful for fast rides on a powerboat. The Torch River has several public boat ramps. Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, canoeing, jet skiing, and water skiing are very popular. There are sailing and windsurfing lessons and rentals for boats for those who did not bring their own. The lake is also great for swimming – a popular swimming spot is the two-mile long white sand bar at the south end. Fishing on the lake is superb, and anglers come for lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, yellow perch, rock bass, smallmouth bass, whitefish, muskellunge, and ciscoes.

24.Upper Herring Lake

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Upper Herring Lake is a natural freshwater lake near Traverse City in the northwestern end of the Lower Peninsula. Together with Lower Herring Lake, which is located to the west of Upper Herring Lake, the lakes cover 1,022 acres. The two lakes are connected through Herring Creek. Fishing in the Upper Herring Lake is famous for its population of brown trout and lake trout, as well as largemouth bass, bluegill, smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, rock bass, and crappie. The area is known for the winter sports such as ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and downhill skiing, as well as hiking, biking, bird watching and nature photography in the summer. Upper Herring Lake is located within the township of Blaine.


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  • Big Glen Lake, Photo: Courtesy of Alexey Stiop - Fotolia.com
  • Burt Lake, Photo: Courtesy of ARochau - Fotolia.com
  • Clam Lake, Photo: Courtesy of sdphoto2520 - Fotolia.com
  • Crystal Lake, Photo: Courtesy of Matthew Kilander - Fotolia.com
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  • Gull Lake, Photo: Courtesy of Ljiljana - Fotolia.com
  • Best Lakes in Michigan: Higgins Lake, Photo: Courtesy of Visions - Fotolia.com
  • Lake Bellaire, Photo: Courtesy of Alberto Masnovo - Fotolia.com
  • Lake Leelanau, Photo: Courtesy of Alexey Stiop - Fotolia.com
  • Michigan Lakes: Lake Michigan, Photo: Courtesy of Henryk Sadura - Fotolia.com
  • Lake Muskegon, Photo: Courtesy of Thomas Barrat - Fotolia.com
  • Little Glen Lake, Photo: Courtesy of Nuwat - Fotolia.com
  • Long Lake, Photo: Courtesy of Matthew Kilander - Fotolia.com
  • Manistique Lakes, Photo: Courtesy of martinsvanags - Fotolia.com
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  • Paradise Lake, Photo: Courtesy of Alberto Masnovo - Fotolia.com
  • Michigan Lakes: Perch Lake, Photo: Courtesy of Benjamen - Fotolia.com
  • Portage Lake, Photo: Courtesy of Pascal Halder - Fotolia.com
  • Round Lake, Photo: Courtesy of Magryt - Fotolia.com
  • Silver Lake, Photo: Courtesy of Yurii - Fotolia.com
  • Spider Lake, Photo: Courtesy of janmiko - Fotolia.com
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What lake has the clearest water in Michigan? ›

Tucked inland near Traverse City sits one of Michigan's most beautiful natural treasures: Torch Lake. As the state's longest and second largest inland lake, Torch Lake is a favorite destination for fishing, boating, and relaxing near the shore.

Where is the bluest water in Lake Michigan? ›

Torch Lake is known to Michiganders as both a summer party lake and a vacation destination for the rich and famous of Michigan. The crystal clear turquoise waters of Torch Lake, Michigan. Its famous sandbar is the location of summer parties, with boats anchoring alongside the sandbars.

Which Great Lake is cleanest? ›

Watershed's surface: 209,000 square kms. Lake Superior is the largest, cleanest, and wildest of all the Great Lakes.

Which Great Lake is the dirtiest? ›

The most polluted Great Lake is Lake Erie.

Are there any white sand beaches in Michigan? ›

1. Munising: Sand Point Beach. Located four miles northeast of Munising, on Lake Superior and the Pictured Rocks National Shoreline, Sand Point Beach features white sand and crystal-clear water.

What beach in Michigan has clear blue water? ›

Michigan's Torch Lake Beach has the clearest crystal blue water. It's perfect for vacations, summer fun, swimming, and boating. The scenic beach will have you feeling like you're in the Carribean.

Which side of Lake Michigan is better? ›

So if you're a fan of swimming, waves, warmer weather and snowier holiday seasons, according to Leinbach, you're best bet is the Michigan side of the lake. But he does note that the differences aren't hugely radical – and that the Wisconsin side is still wonderful.

What are the 5 Great Lakes? ›

The Great Lakes are, from west to east: Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. They are a dominant part of the physical and cultural heritage of North America.

Why is Torch Lake So Popular? ›

Torch Lake is famous for its sandbars and turquoise blue waters. Its color is often compared to the Caribbean, which is a fair comparison, from what we saw. When you are on the sandbar, the turquoise water and bright sand are definitely reminiscent of a tropical paradise.

Why is the water in Lake Michigan so blue? ›

When the lake is shallow, light scatters and reflects shorter wavelengths of light, causing a lighter blue color to appear. The blue color is a product of blue light being bounced around by the physical structure of water and the color of the sky.

Which U.S. state has the most lakes? ›

Alaska is the state with the most naturally formed lakes, containing 3,197 lakes and over 3 million unnamed lakes.

What's the largest inland lake in Michigan? ›

Houghton Lake is the largest inland lake in the state, with a surface area encompassing 20,044 acres. Torch Lake is Michigan's largest lake with respect to total water volume with a maximum depth of 285 feet. Approximately 67% of Michigan's inland lakes enjoy healthy, high quality aquatic ecosystems.

Can you swim at Pictured Rocks? ›

Swimming: You can swim and wade in many areas along the lakeshore, although the chilly waters are bracing for all but the hardiest swimmers. Lifeguards are not posted anywhere in the park, so use caution and beware of rip currents.

What's the coldest Great Lake? ›

Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by area (31,700 mi2 /82,100 km2). It is also the coldest and deepest of the Great Lakes, with a maximum depth of 406 meters (1,332 feet). By most measures, it is the healthiest of all the Great Lakes.

Which is the warmest Great Lake? ›

Erie is the most southerly, shallow, and biologically diverse of all of the Great Lakes. Its shallow depth makes it the warmest Great Lake and a favourite destination for summer recreationists and migrating birds.

What is the least polluted Great Lake? ›

Lake Superior has the largest volume of all the Great Lakes. It is the coldest and deepest and because it has a cooler climate and poor soil conditions it is the least polluted.

What lake has the most deaths? ›

In the fall, Lake Michigan is even more dangerous as changes in water and temperatures occur. The lake is considered to be the deadliest in the United States.

Which Great Lake has the most shipwrecks? ›

The Great Lakes hold the secrets of about 8,000 shipwrecks. Lake Erie covers 2,000 of them, among the highest concentration of wrecks in the world.

Could there be sharks in the Great Lakes? ›

The water temperature in the Great Lakes is far too cold for most sharks (including the Bull Shark). Even if it managed to make it through the summer months, our frigid winters would turn it into a “sharksicle” in no time. It might even suffer from frostbite.

What is the number one beach in Michigan? ›

1. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore — Empire. Sleeping Bear Point Beach is on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan and has been named among the 21 best beach destinations in the world by National Geographic.

Why does Lake Michigan look like the ocean? ›

It isn't only the water that is unreadable. The sky scours the land for some kind of text, but the beach is covered in a sheet of sun-bleached Cladophora, algae woven by waves into one giant page. All it gives is confirmation of the rules in a childhood game: Paper covers rock, it says. This is Lake Michigan.

Is Torch Lake Worth Visiting? ›

Torch Lake has all of the prerequisites for an epic Michigan summer vacation – plus the crystal clear, Caribbean blue waters it's famous for. In fact, it's often referred to as the “Caribbean of the North.” The lake was a local hidden gem for years but social media has changed that for good.

How many crystal lakes are in Michigan? ›

Lake Michigan contains the equivalent of 5,370 Crystal Lakes.

Is Lake Michigan or Huron better? ›

The total volume of the lakes is about 5,475 cubic miles, more than 6,000 trillion gallons. The Great Lakes are Superior, with an area of 31,820 square miles (82,414 km) shared by the United States and Canada; Huron, with an area of 23,010 square miles (59,596 sq.

Is it OK to swim in Lake Michigan? ›

However, dangerous currents may exist at any time near piers, breakwalls, and river outlets. Always use caution and never swim alone. A Moderate Swim Risk implies that breaking waves and currents are expected at the beach. Stay away from dangerous areas like piers, breakwalls, and river outlets at these times.

How long is the drive around Lake Michigan? ›

The driving distance around Lake Michigan is roughly 1,100 miles and will take about 15 hours without stopping. But of course, you will want to stop along the way, so it's best to plan for about a week if you want to do the whole route!

What is deepest lake in the world? ›

Lake Baikal (5,315 feet [1,620 meters])

Lake Baikal, in Siberia, holds the distinction of being both the deepest lake in the world and the largest freshwater lake, holding more than 20% of the unfrozen fresh water on the surface of Earth.

Who owns Great Lakes? ›

The water in the Great Lakes is owned by the general public according to the Public Trust Doctrine. The Public Trust Doctrine is an international legal theory – it applies in both Canada and the United States, so it applies to the entirety of the Great Lakes.

What Great Lake has the shortest shoreline? ›

Physical Features of the Great Lakes
FeatureUnitsLake Michigan
square km118,000
Shoreline Length note (including islands)miles1,638
km2,633
Retention Timeyears99
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Is Torch Lake a party lake? ›

Michiganders know it as a summer party lake and a vacation destination for the rich and famous, making it a popular spot for the development of resorts and second homes. Many celebrities have second homes in this area.

Can you swim in Torch Lake? ›

Despite its size, there's little public access to Torch's vast, inviting waters. Your choices: William Good Day Park, operated by Torch Lake Township, has a swimming area, picnic tables and a boat launch. It's at the eastern end of Public Dock Road, near Torch Lake Village off of US-31.

Is Torch Lake the third most beautiful lake in the world? ›

In fact, National Geographic named Torch Lake the world's third most beautiful lake. The lake holds the state record for being the longest and deepest inland lake in Michigan, at 19 miles long and 285 feet at it's deepest point.

Which Great Lake has no fish? ›

Nearly two decades later, the same progression is happening in Lake Michigan. "There's an old Chinese saying, 'When there is crystal-clear water, there is no fish,' " said Yu-Chun Kao, a postdoctoral scientist at Michigan State University.

Can I drink Lake Michigan water? ›

coli into streams, and rivers and Lake Michigan beaches tend to test clean. “I wouldn't plan on drinking it,” said Cindy Beaudway on Tiscornia Beach. Priest said there are other reasons not to actually drink Lake Michigan water even if tests are clean for E. coli.

What is the deepest spot in Lake Michigan? ›

Lacey Mason of the Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan informed us that the deepest part of Lake Michigan is about 925 feet, and is located in the Chippewa Basin which is about 36 miles east of Forestville, Wisconsin on the Door Peninsula.

What is the deepest lake in the USA? ›

At 1,943 feet (592 meters), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the deepest in the world. The depths were first explored thoroughly in 1886 by a party from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Which state has the most drinking water? ›

Hawaii ranks No. 1 for drinking water quality and No.

Why is Torch Lake So Popular? ›

Torch Lake is famous for its sandbars and turquoise blue waters. Its color is often compared to the Caribbean, which is a fair comparison, from what we saw. When you are on the sandbar, the turquoise water and bright sand are definitely reminiscent of a tropical paradise.

Which side of Lake Michigan is better? ›

So if you're a fan of swimming, waves, warmer weather and snowier holiday seasons, according to Leinbach, you're best bet is the Michigan side of the lake. But he does note that the differences aren't hugely radical – and that the Wisconsin side is still wonderful.

Is Torch Lake the most beautiful lake in the world? ›

In fact, National Geographic named Torch Lake the world's third most beautiful lake. The lake holds the state record for being the longest and deepest inland lake in Michigan, at 19 miles long and 285 feet at it's deepest point.

What's the name of the 7 Great Lakes? ›

The Great Lakes are, from west to east: Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. They are a dominant part of the physical and cultural heritage of North America.

Is Torch Lake a party lake? ›

Michiganders know it as a summer party lake and a vacation destination for the rich and famous, making it a popular spot for the development of resorts and second homes. Many celebrities have second homes in this area.

Can you swim in Torch Lake? ›

Despite its size, there's little public access to Torch's vast, inviting waters. Your choices: William Good Day Park, operated by Torch Lake Township, has a swimming area, picnic tables and a boat launch. It's at the eastern end of Public Dock Road, near Torch Lake Village off of US-31.

Is Torch Lake Worth Visiting? ›

Torch Lake has all of the prerequisites for an epic Michigan summer vacation – plus the crystal clear, Caribbean blue waters it's famous for. In fact, it's often referred to as the “Caribbean of the North.” The lake was a local hidden gem for years but social media has changed that for good.

What is the warmest of the Great Lakes? ›

Erie is the most southerly, shallow, and biologically diverse of all of the Great Lakes. Its shallow depth makes it the warmest Great Lake and a favourite destination for summer recreationists and migrating birds.

Is Lake Michigan or Huron better? ›

The total volume of the lakes is about 5,475 cubic miles, more than 6,000 trillion gallons. The Great Lakes are Superior, with an area of 31,820 square miles (82,414 km) shared by the United States and Canada; Huron, with an area of 23,010 square miles (59,596 sq.

Is it OK to swim in Lake Michigan? ›

However, dangerous currents may exist at any time near piers, breakwalls, and river outlets. Always use caution and never swim alone. A Moderate Swim Risk implies that breaking waves and currents are expected at the beach. Stay away from dangerous areas like piers, breakwalls, and river outlets at these times.

What is the third most beautiful lake in the world? ›

Torch Lake, Michigan "World's 3rd Most Beautiful Lake" license plate.

Why is Torch Lake so cold? ›

Torch Lake stays cold until mid-July, because of its huge water volume — 858 BILLION gallons! Underground springs (45 degrees) continually add 48-50 degree F water to Torch Lake.

What's the largest inland lake in Michigan? ›

Houghton Lake is the largest inland lake in the state, with a surface area encompassing 20,044 acres. Torch Lake is Michigan's largest lake with respect to total water volume with a maximum depth of 285 feet. Approximately 67% of Michigan's inland lakes enjoy healthy, high quality aquatic ecosystems.

What is the smallest of the Great Lakes? ›

Lake Ontario is 804 feet deep and 193 miles long. It is the smallest of the Great Lakes in surface area. It lies 325 feet below Lake Erie, at the base of Niagara Falls.

Who owns Great Lakes? ›

The water in the Great Lakes is owned by the general public according to the Public Trust Doctrine. The Public Trust Doctrine is an international legal theory – it applies in both Canada and the United States, so it applies to the entirety of the Great Lakes.

Are there sharks in the Great Lakes? ›

Sharks do not live in the Great Lakes, but many fishes are mostly drawn to this water body as their natural habitat.

From the sunbaked deserts in the south to the snowy and rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains in the north, California probably encompasses more distinct landscapes and climates than any other state. It’s also full of lakes, and though some like Lake Shasta and Lake Tahoe are household names, many visi

It’s also full of lakes, and though some like Lake Shasta and Lake Tahoe are household names, many visitors are surprised to learn that there are hundreds of lakes in California.. Just west of Redding, inside Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown Lake isn’t as well-known with visitors as Shasta Lake.. Donner Lake is small by California Lake standards, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in scenery.. Out of nearly all California’s amazing lakes, Lake Sonoma is one of the closest to the Pacific coast, giving visitors the opportunity to take in a variety of sights and landscapes in a short amount of time.. Sonoma Lake is also considered one of the best bass fishing lakes in the region.. Located on the border between Arizona and California, Lake Havasu is a distinctly desert lake that was formed when the Parker Dam was built across the Colorado River in 1938.. Lake Oroville is a manmade reservoir that was originally formed when the Oroville Dam construction project was completed in 1969, which restricted the flow of the Feather River sufficiently to create the lake.. It’s located in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northern California’s Butte County, within the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area.. Surrounded by hundreds of thousands of acres of national forest, Lake Almanor is nestled into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, making it one of the state’s most beautiful and remote destinations.. Like June Lake, it’s close to Yosemite National Park, though once you’ve seen the town and lake, you may not want to leave.. Probably the most famous of all of California’s lakes, Lake Tahoe is also one of the ritziest and draws well-to-do travelers from all over the world.. For those who plan on visiting a number of California’s lakes on their trip, Mono Lake may stand out the most for its uniqueness and otherworldly charm.

Laghi – that’s lakes in Italian – have been drawing tourists since the heyday of the Roman Empire. They still are. There’s a good reason for this. These lakes, many of them in alpine regions in northern Italy, are the stuff picture postcards are made of. They’re indisputably scenic, casting spells o

An overview of the most beautiful lakes in Italy:. Perhaps not, but you will get a scenic eyeful of this central Italy lake.. Lake Ledro isn’t the biggest lake you’ll find in Italy, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in scenic beauty.. This alpine lake in the Trentino region is surrounded by forests, with crystalline waters making it one of the cleanest in Trentino.. Lake Lugano is a good place to go fishing or you could look for fossils on Monte San Giorgio.. Lake Trasimeno in Central Italy has a few things in common with Utah’s Great Salt Lake.. The lake was formed by volcanic action, with lake waters providing a reservoir for Rome’s drinking water.. Northern Italy is a popular place to visit medieval towns, a visit to Lake Iseo can provide a welcome break.. Surrounded by vineyards and forest, Lake Iseo is considered a hidden gem among Italian lakes.. Journalists, from Balzac and Browning to more modern writers, call Lake Orta bewitching and a secret gem among northern Italy’s lakes.. Lake Maggiore is another lake claimed by two countries, Italy and Switzerland, since it forms a border between them.. Italy’s second largest lake (Maggiore translates as “great lake”) is located on the south side of the Alps.. Northern Italy’s Lake Garda , which was created by glacial action, is the largest lake in Italy.. The lake itself has a fjord-like quality; a ferry makes it fun to travel between the towns on the lake.. Lake Como has been a tourist magnet starting with the Romans, who built the first villas on the lake.

From freshwater, to salt seas, and even human made resevoirs, some of the largest bodies of water can be found across the United States.

The United States of America has some of the largest lakes in the world, including the five Great Lakes (which are shared with Canada).. Crisp Point Lighthouse by Lake Superior in Michigan.Lake Superior is the largest lake in North America, and one of the five Great Lakes which border the United States and Canada.. Lake Superior is the most northern and the most westernly of the Great Lakes, as well as the highest in elevation, meaning it drains into the other lakes.. Lake Huron in Port Hope, Michigan, United States.Another of the famous Great Lakes, Lake Huron is the second largest lake in the United States by surface area, at 59,570 km 2 , and the third largest of the Great Lakes by volume of water.. They include species such as walleye, lake sturgeon, Alewife, Lake trout, and Lake whitefish.. It is the only one of the great lakes to be completely within the United States, and not border with Canada, though the Great Lake System does feed into one another.. The beach in Lake Erie at Cleveland.Lake Erie is another one of the great lakes, and borders several states: Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Canadian province of Ontario.. Lake Ontario is often associated with Canada, especially as it has the same name as the province of Ontario, which it borders, but Lake Ontario also borders New York State , and is the only great lake that does not border Michigan State.. Lake Ontario is the last in the great lakes chain, and is therefore a major part of the outflow of the lakes into the St. Lawrence River , and into the Atlantic Ocean .. Coyotes walking past the Great Salt Lake in Utah.The Great Salt Lake, in Utah , is the only lake on this list that is not a freshwater lake.. Like many of the Great Lakes, Lake of the Woods also borders Canada and the United States.. Interestingly, because of the location of the lake, it separates a small area of Minnesota land from the rest of the United States, meaning this part of the state can only be reached by crossing the lake, or passing into Canada .

At the top of our list are the four Great Lakes the create a majority of Michigan’s border. These massive lakes are have hundreds of great beach towns lining their ... Read more

Lake Michigan is the second largest great lake and offers fishing, boating, sailing, and a whole host of other activities.. Lake HuronLake Huron, the one that looks like a beaver, is the third largest great lake and offers a variety of activities on the Michigan side.. Elk LakeElk Lake is Michigan’s second deepest lake, after Torch Lake which is closeby.. The northern most tip of the lake nearly spills over into Lake Michigan.. Burt LakeBurt Lake is known for Burt Lake State Park located on the southern edge of the lake.. Crooked LakeBasically two lakes for the price of you, Crooked Lake is connected to Pickerel Lake by a channel.. Portage LakeConnected to Lake Michigan my a channel, some might consider Portage Lake a natural bay or harbor from the larger lake, though history tells us otherwise.. The channel that connects Lake Michigan and Portage Lake was man-made my homesteaders in the area to control the level of the lake.

Texas is a state that is filled with natural beauty. When you explore the natural attractions located within the state of Texas, you can’t simply ignore the lakes. There are dozens of lakes located…

Hence, people are provided with numerous recreational activities.. Fishing is one of the most popular activities that you can find in this lake.. Some of the most popular recreational activities include camping and fishing.. People who are coming to enjoy their time at the Falcon State Park prefer to stay near the Falcon Reservoir and have a great time.. You can find numerous cities and natural parks around Lake Texoma.. Among the most popular lakes that you can find within the state of Texas, you can find the name of Lake Travis as well.. That’s because there are numerous recreational activities available for the people to take part in while they are at Lake Travis.. Hence, boating is quite a popular activity among people who visit this lake for recreational purposes.. An interesting fact about Lake O’ the Pines is that you can find seven different parks around the shorelines of the lake.. Around the Lake Granbury, you can find five different recreational areas.. Hence, people who are looking for the largest lake in Texas that is filled with natural beauty can think about visiting all the way to explore Lake Granbury.. Moreover, you can discover a total of 10 marinas, where you will be able to rent a boat and have a great time.. Fishing is the most popular recreational activity that you can find here.

To visit a German castle is to step into a fairy tale setting, where castles sit atop high mountain peaks, their towers and turrets reaching to the sky. Germany is famous for its castles, with their pasts filled with knights, dukes and the devastation of wars. The castles, which boast a rich history

Located within the Spessart forest between Frankfurt and Wurzburg, the castle may lack the gingerbread look of other German castles, but its simple beauty makes it one of the most visited water castles in Germany.. One of the best preserved medieval castles in Germany, visitors have the option of taking a hike up a steep slope to reach the castle or take a shuttle bus.. Lichtenstein Castle is one of Germany’s newer castles, built only in the 19th century to honor the medieval knights of Lichtenstein.. A castle stood on the site as early as the 12th century, but fell into disrepair until the current castle was built.. Schwerin Castle sits on an island in the main lake at Schwerin, where a castle reportedly stood as early as the 10th century.

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From the largest freshwater lake on the planet, Lake Superior, which borders three states and one Canadian province; to North America's largest alpine lake, stunning Lake Tahoe on the California and Nevada border; to the cleanest lake in the US, Crater Lake in Oregon; America boasts some of the world's most beautiful and record-setting lakes.. Another of the five great lakes, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the entire world, with 2,700 miles of shoreline covering three states: Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and crossing over into Canada in Ontario.. In the winter, you can go ice-skating on Lake Champlain, while in summer fishing is popular.. Created by glaciers millions of years ago, Lake Chelan is a beautiful body of water that, in the right light, almost resembles the Caribbean with its clear turquoise and aqua hues.. Lake Chelan State Park is a popular vacation destination.. Popular activities here include fishing, boating, camping, hanging on sandy beaches, and dining at waterfront restaurants.. Fishing is also very popular here.

Muskegon is the largest city on the western shores of Lake Michigan. More than 20% of the city is water.

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Lake Michigan, one of the American Great Lakes, is the largest lake located entirely in a single country. Find out all the facts, check out fishing information, beaches, map, and more.

Even though Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are generally considered as 2 distinct lakes, they are hydrologically the same body of water, which is called Michigan-Huron.. Lake Michigan is part of the Great Lakes Waterway, as is Lake Huron.. The Erie Canal connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario in Buffalo, New York, at the eastern end of Lake Erie and in Oswego, New York, at Lake Ontario’s southern end.. Some of these parks include the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Warren Dunes State Park, Saugatuck Dunes State Park, PJ Hoffmaster State Park, Ludington State Park, Silver Lake State Park, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.. Lake Michigan’s high speed ferry, The Lake Express, runs from Milwaukee in Wisconsin to Muskegon in Michigan.. The Beaver Islands Archipelago includes Beaver Island (145 square kilometers), Garden Island (20 km2), High Island (14 km2), Hog Island (8.5 km2), Grape Island, Hat Island, Gull Island, Horseshoe Island, Pismire Island, Little Island, Squaw Island, Shoe Island, Whiskey Island, and Trout Island.. Gull Island, Little Gull Island, Little Summer Island, Gravelly Island,Poverty Island, St. Martin Island, Rocky Island, and Summer Island are all islands located South of the Garden Peninsula.. The most important islands in Big Bay de Noc are Saint Vital Island, Snake Island, and Round Island (1.5 km2), while the most important islands in Little Bay de Noc are Sand Island and Butlers Island.. In Wisconsin, the following islands surround the Door Peninsula: Washington Island (61 km2), Chambers Island (10 km2), Detroit Island (2.6 km2), Horseshoe Island, Sister Islands, Hog Island, Plum Island, Pilot Island, Strawberry Islands, and Rock Island.. Fishing on Lake Michigan Lake Michigan was originally the home of the lake trout, lake whitefish, yellow perch, largemouth bass, panfish, bowfin, smallmouth bass, and some catfish species.The invasion of sea lampreys caused a major decline in native population of lake trout, also leading to the proliferation of another invasive species, the alewife.. We can’t talk about Lake Michigan without mentioning the Great Lakes Circle Tour, which is a very picturesque road system that connects all of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

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There are six public beaches around Geneva Lake including the City of Lake Geneva Public Beach and Big Foot Beach State Park Swim Area .. There are three public beaches at Green Lake (Hattie Sherwood Beach, Dodge County Park Beach, and Sunset County Beach) and eight boat launches including a canoe launch.. Lake Winnebago has a public beach for swimming and there are 13 public parks from which to access the lake for fishing and boating activities.. The waters at Lake Pepin are some of the most natural in the state.. Lake Pepin is popular for boating, fishing, and swimming.. 14 Top-Rated Fishing Lakes in Wisconsin. 12 Best Beaches in Wisconsin

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