Paradise Lake

Paradise Lake & Shoreline

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 owners and yearly visitors since early in the 20th century. Originally called Carp Lake, the name was…

Spider Lake

Spider Lake late summer 2013

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 region of Michigan, is a freshwater inland lake with a reputation for great fishing…

Lake Bellaire

Shore view of Lake Bellaire

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 1,793-acre all-sports lake provides plenty of opportunity for swimming, boating, kayaking, waterskiing, windsurfing,…

Clam Lake

Sunrise at Clam Lake

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 peninsula’s Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed. Located about 30 miles northeast of Traverse City…

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 of the Lower Peninsula. Its sister lake, Lower Herring Lake, lies directly to the west of…

Otsego Lake MI

Float Plane Splash-In

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 the aircraft is a seaplane, which soon proves itself by dropping delicately…

Round Lake MI

Lighthouse at Round Lake

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 harbor on Lake Michigan. Over the years its value, originally mostly economic, has…

Pickerel Lake MI

Pickerel Lake 5/3/10

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 1,080 acres on the edge of Gaylord State Forest. The Inland Waterway has been famous since before…

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 uninterrupted nights give way to still mornings, and the wine changes…

Big Glen Lake

Big Glen Lake in the evening

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 and dunes is certainly inspiring, and with her whole vacation stretching in…

Silver Lake MI

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 strokes she heads toward one of the six islands that dot the northwest…

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. Self-named one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Little Glen Lake and its…

Bass Lake MI

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 a maximum depth of 28 feet. Sandy beaches ring the tree-lined…

Portage Lake (Manistee County)

Shore View at Portage Lake

Portage Lake is a fantastic stop for Lake Michigan travelers. The lake is connected to Lake Michigan by a channel. Boating and sailing visitors often stop here on their way along the Lake Michigan shore. Portage Lake started out as…

Long Lake Grand Traverse County

Spectacular Firewoks Over Long Lake

Long Lake, near Traverse City in Grand Traverse County, is a popular vacation destination with activities and vistas that lighten the soul. Whether your vacation plans include non-stop fun or solitude, you can have the best of both worlds at…