Enjoy the serenity of over 79 lakes in Michigan’s Backyard. The sunrises and sunsets will make you gaze and smile at the beauty and wonder of nature. We ask, when you visit Michigan’s Backyard, to take only pictures and leave only paddle marks. Keep our wonderful lakes as beautiful for the next visitors.

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Kayaks: While you are quietly kayaking through the smooth as glass water, deer will greet you at the lake as they sneak in to get a drink. Life slows down for a short time in Michigan’s Backyard.

Canoes: The Loons will pop up unexpectedly as you glide across the lakes. It is a quiet place to live and its peacefulness will overcome paddlers. We guarantee you will not want to leave Michigan’s Backyard. 

Boats: The recreation on the larger lakes will bring laughter as you water ski, tube and jet ski with the fresh wind in your face. It is a great place to start a family tradition as your kids learn to enjoy the water activities as much as the parents.  Make memories in Michigan’s Backyard.

Fishing: When the fish jumps out of the water the adrenaline will flow as you reel in the big one. Now imagine the family memories you will make with your children as they catch their first fish. Come discover your secret spot in Michigan’s Backyard.

BOAT LAUNCHES - Whether you are looking to fish or for recreation, we have many boating spots for you.

Lake

Parking

Ramp

Restrooms

Hoister Lake

5

3

Yes

House Lake

5

3

Yes

Lake Four

5

3

Yes

Lake Lancer

36

1

Yes

Pratt Lake

10

2

Yes

Ross Lake

10

1

Yes

Secord Lake

15

2

Yes

Secord Lake East

3

3

No

Trout Lake

2

3

Yes

Wiggins Lake

18

2

Yes

Wixom Lake

60

1

Yes

 

Ross Lake - Nestled in the city of Beaverton, this 294 acre lake is approximately 15 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, fishermen can expect to catch an assortment of fish including Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass and Pumpkin Seed Sunfish. The Cedar River and the South Branch Tobacco River feed into the lake and Tobacco River on the southside of the Beaverton Dam. Boat Launch at Ross lake Park. 

Wixom Lake - At 1,980 acres and approximately 40 feet deep at its deepest point, when fishing, anglers can expect to catch quite a variety including Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch. The boat Launch is in All Bright Shores, Dundas Road, Stryker’s Marina

Secord Lake - Approximately 40 feet deep at its deepest point, Secord Lake has 815 acres of great fishing. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Rock Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch. 

Lake Lancer - An 850 acre all sports lake, fishermen can anticipate catching a wide range of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch. In mid-summer, Lake Lancer is home to a parade of boats. Each boat and crew decorated in a theme, it is a spectacle to behold. 

Indian Lake - Located in Northern Gladwin County near Elk Lake & Mud Lake, Indian Lake’s 51 acres are home to quite a selection of fish: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Panfish, & Pumpkin Seed Sunfish.

Elk Lake - 65 acres in size, approximately 47 feet deep at its deepest point, Elk Lake is the place to hook Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Panfish & Sunfish.

Hoister Lake - This 23 acre lake is approximately 29 feet deep at its deepest point. Look for a variety of fish including Bluegill, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass and Yellow Perch.

Four Lake - When fishing Four Lake’s 35 acres, anglers can anticipate a catch of a mixture of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Yellow Perch.

Smallwood Lake - At 232 acres and up to 20 feet deep, you can expect to find Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, and Walleye.

Trout Lake - This 28 acre lake is approximately 19 feet deep at its deepest point.

Pratt Lake - With a 180 acre surface and a depth of approximately 28 feet, you can expect to hook a plethora of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, and Crappie.

Wiggins Lake - Wiggins Lake is home to Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch. Wiggins Lake is 345 acres and reaches a depth of 25 feet.