Very simply…..this place is awesome!
Hillman, Michigan is near Alpena, which is about 4 hours NE of Detroit.
On your way up to Hillman, be sure to stop at Franks Great Outdoors (1212 N. Huron, Linwood, MI) for all your fishing supplies. Franks is on the way up there. In fact, it’s the half-way point to Hillman and a good spot to get out at.
Franks is a 30,000 square foot fishing and hunting store. Hours 6am-7pm daily.
Get some weightless flukes, Senko Texas rigged worms, Ned rig, etc. Avg cost $3-6 per pack.
Hillman is a tiny city known for Fletcher’s Pond, which is located about 10 minutes south from the tiny main downtown of Hillman.
Fletcher’s Pond isn’t really a “pond” it’s a massive 8,970 acre lake.
It’s shallow (max depth 10 feet) and absolutely loaded with largemouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, perch, black crappie, pumpkinseed.
There are many submerged logs and tree stumps because this lake sits on top of an old cedar forest that was flooded. That’s why Fletcher’s Pond is also called Fletcher’s Floodwaters.
One of the best places to stay on Fletcher’s Pond is Jack’s Landing Fishing Resort.
Founded in 1938 and owned by Dean Robinson, Jack’s Landing features:
Cabins, Lodge Rooms, bait shop, restaurant, and the Piker’s Cove Bar.
Boat rental (14ft Lund with 8hp motors or 18ft Pontoons with 25hp motor), and there’s ice fishing in the winter. You can rent 4×8 propane heated ice shanties.
They also offer campgrounds for tents and RV’s and have all kinds of amenities, from electric and water sites to dump and propane service stations.
The Lodge Rooms feature two beds in each room.
There are 11 lodge rooms and two shared bathrooms at the end of the hall. Check in 3pm, check out 11am.
Beneath the restaurant is the amazingly fun Piker’s Cove Bar (open Thursday-Saturday from 5pm-close) where they have free pool table, shuffleboard table, cornhole. And you can write on the ceiling.
JobbieCrew’s Recommended Eats & Experiences in the Hillman area:
The Clubhouse Grill @ Thunder Bay Golf Resort (27000 M-32, Hillman) 989-742-4924; breakfast 7am-11am, 1am-4pm lunch; 4pm-10pm dinner.
If you go for breakfast, get the Clubhouse Special. Also try the BBQ chicken pizza. And they have fried cod fish dinners on Friday’s.
Thunder Bay Resort also has Michigan’s only elk viewing carriage ride and gourmet dinner with wine tasting at a 160 acre Elk Preserve.
Grandma Jan’s son Spencer is over at the Elk Antler Cabin preparing a 5-course gourmet dinner for you.
Hours for this experience are 6pm-10pm (Fri-Mon) and the cost for elk viewing ride, gourmet dinner, wine tasting is $123/person.
Charly O’ Pizza (131 N. State st, Hillman) 3pm-10pm
Get the BLT pizza
Chauncey’s Pub (121 N. State, Hillman) located directly next to Charly’s.
Definitely try the Naked Wings. They also have a fish fry on Friday’s. Cool interior and they have a pool table and outdoor patio.
Bruski and Stevens Twin Sinkholes (9430 Leer rd, Posen, MI) this part of Michigan is loaded with over 200 sinkholes (including some underwater sinkholes in Thunder Bay).
The Bruski Sinkhole is about a half hour north of Jack’s Landing.
This is a 112 feet deep sinkhole and features unique karst geology. There’s a small area to park your car. Look over the side but do not go down into the sinkhole.
Hemlock Hills on Mill Pond (13796 Leer rd, Posen, MI) historic grist mill on Thunder Bay River; 30mins North of Jacks Landing, idyllic for wedding’s.
Glass Bottom boat tour of Shipwrecks (500 W. Fletcher st, Alpena, MI) located about 40 minutes east of Jack’s Landing, this is a must-do experience if you’re in the area.
Alpena’s infamous Thunder Bay (part of Lake Huron) has over 200 shipwrecks!
Wild Frontier Amusement Park (3780 N. Weaver rd, Comins, MI) mostly unknown, and therefore underrated, amusement park
Jack’s Landing Fishing Resort
20836 Tennis Rd
Hillman, MI 49746
Fletcher’s Pond map