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  • • Lake Michigan
    • • Lake Michigan is 22,400 square miles.
    • • 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.
    • •  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.
    • • Lake Michigan has enough fish for both commercial and sport fishing; rich in brown trout, chinook and coho salmon, lake trout, perch, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, steelhead, smallmouth bass, and walleye.
    • • West Grand Traverse Bay and East Grand Traverse Bay are a very popular destination with many towns on the water; Kewadin, Elk Rapids, Acme, Traverse City, Suttons Bay. Old Mission Peninsula is surrounded by both arms of the bay.
  • • Elk Lake
    • • With a surface area of 8,088 acres
    • • Is a deep glacial lake reaching depths of 192 feet
    • • 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. Fishing year round is very popular on Elk Lake. Waterskiing, tubing, wakeboarding, kayaking, sailing, and ice-boating in winter are also very popular.
    • • Elk Rapids is the largest village on the lake, and it provides marinas for Elk Lake and East Grand Traverse Bay.
  • • Lake Leelanau
    • • Lake Leelanau is located in Leelanau Peninsula not far from the Traverse City.
    • • It is separated by Lake Michigan and a dam, and it is connected through Leland River.
    • • Lake Leelanau is broken up in two sections North Lake Leelanau which is 2,950 acres and South Lake Leelanau 5,370 acres.
    • • The two parts of the lake have different depths and temperatures, providing home to different fish species. Anglers will find walleye, yellow perch, or bass in the Lake.
    • • 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
  • • Lake Charlevoix
  • • Lake Skegemog
  • • Birch lake
  • • Torch Lake
    • • Torch Lake is large inland lake 15 minutes from Charlevoix and half hour from Traverse City.
    • • The lake is not named after its shape but from the translation from the Ojibwa name Was-wa-gon-ong meaning "Place of the Torches", there once was a practice the local Native American population did was used torches at night to attract fish for harvesting with spears and nets.
    • • It is Michigan's longest lake at 18 miles and second largest at 18,473 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.
    • • The lake is also great for swimming. There is a popular swimming spot is the two-mile long white sand bar at the south end.
    • • This lake has great fishing year round (it has to be pretty cold for the lake to freeze enough to fish on but it happens). The fish you will catch are; lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, yellow perch, rock bass, smallmouth bass, whitefish, muskellunge, and ciscoes
  • • Boardman Lake/River
    • • The Boardman River is a 28.2-mile-long river that flows into the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City.
    • • The Boardman's upper tributaries rise near Kalkaska, Michigan, and its watershed drains an area of 295 square miles through 130 miles of river and tributaries.
    • • The Boardman River is considered one of the top ten trout streams in Michigan.
    • • Before entering the Grand Traverse Bay, it becomes Boardman Lake, a natural lake that was originally 259 acres in size and increased to 339 acres after the Union Street Dam was constructed in 1867.
    • • After flowing through Boardman Lake, the river descends through downtown Traverse City, following a hairpin-shaped course to Grand Traverse Bay. This Traverse City section of the Boardman River is accessible by motorboat from the lakeshore up a bit into the river from the lakeshore.
  • • Cedar lake
  • • Long lake
    •  • Long Lake is located just 15 minutes from Traverse City
    • • 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 owned by 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 has lots of different types of fish; bluegill, green sunfish, brown bullhead catfish, muskellunge, largemouth bass, northern pike, rock bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, smallmouth bass, yellow bullhead catfish, walleye, and yellow perch
    • • Another really fun tidbit is Long Lake Grocery delivers everything on its menu—by boat. Best business idea ever. Just give them a call (231.946.4249) and place your order. They will then come out to you!
  • • Silver lake
    • • 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 hardwood and pine forest and has several small sandy beaches that are great for swimming.
  • • Clam lake
    • • Clam Lake is an 439-acre lake 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.
    • • About 16% 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 great fishing spots for panfish and pike, and in deeper water anglers can catch walleye, perch, bluegill, all kinds of bass, brown trout, and crappie.
    • • This lake is also great for ice fishing during the winter.
    • • The Grass River Natural Area with seven miles of trails is located at the southeastern end of Clam Lake.
  • • Lake Bellaire
    • • Lake Bellaire is a 1,793-acre lake.
    • • 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 main town on the lake is Bellaire, located on the northeast side.
  • • Bass Lake
    • • Surface area is 147 acres
    • • Shoreline length is 2.1 miles
    • • Deepest point is 10 feet
    • • Average depth is 6 feet
    • • This lake is not part of the Antrim Chain of Lakes.

 

Information gathered from:

http://vacationidea.com/michigan/most-beautiful-lakes-in-michigan.html

https://mynorth.com/2017/08/10-best-northern-michigan-inland-lakes/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk_River_Chain_of_Lakes_Watershed

http://www.lake-link.com/michigan-lakes/leelanau-county/cedar-lake/22625/