Michigan’s 20 Largest Inland Lakes


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Long Lake, in northeast Lower Michigan’s Alpena and Presque Isle Counties, is Michigan’s 20th largest inland lake. Long Lake is 5,652 acres, has a maximum depth of 25 feet and 25.3 miles of shoreline.

Michigan’s 20th largest lake – Long Lake

Grand Lake is Michigan’s 19th largest inland lake, with 5,660 acres of surface water. It’s 25 feet deep at the deepest, and has 35.5 miles of shoreline.

Michigan’s 19th largest lake – Grand Lake

Glen Lake, in Leelanau County, is Michigan’s 18th largest inland lake. It has an east and west basin. Both basins make up 6,265 acres. It’s a deep lake, with maximum depth of 130 feet but only 17 miles of shoreline.

Glen Lake was ravaged with 100 mph winds in August 2016.

Courtesy: Dave Cassard

Michigan’s 18th largest lake – Glen Lake

An aerial view of Glen Lake, near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. (Photos courtesy of the Leelanau Conservancy) July 2015

Michigamme Reservoir is Michigan’s 17th largest inland lake, with 7,200 acres and a depth of 42 feet. One interesting note- Michigamme Reservoir has 78 miles of shoreline, giving it the most shoreline of the 20 largest inland lakes.

Michigan’s 17th largest lake – Michigamme Reservoir

Elk Lake, northeast of Traverse City, is 7,730 acres with a very deep 192 feet. That makes Elk Lake second only to Torch Lake in depth of inland lakes. There are 25.8 miles of shoreline.

Michigan’s 16th largest lake – Elk Lake

Indian Lake is in the Upper Peninsula, just northwest of Manistique. Enjoy 8,000 acres of water, but don’t expect to find deep water. The maximum depth is 15 feet.

Michigan’s 15th largest lake – Indian Lake

Lake Leelanau is nestled in Michigan’s wine country on the Leelanau Peninsula. It’s a long, narrow lake that has 8,320 acres and 40.2 miles of shore. It drops to 121 feet at its deepest.

Michigan’s 14th largest lake – Lake Leelanau

Lake Leelanau graces the background in this photo of a Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery Chardonnay.

Hubbard Lake, on Michigan’s sunrise side, is Michigan’s 13th largest inland lake, with 8.850 acres. It’s 85 feet deep and has 19.3 miles of shoreline.

Michigan’s 13th largest lake – Hubbard Lake

Sunrise over Hubbard Lake on a July morning. |

Fletcher Pond is almost 9,000 acres, but perhaps the shallowest of Michigan’s largest lakes. It’s listed as only 10 feet deep at the deepest point.

Bob Gwizdz

Michigan’s 12th largest lake – Fletcher Pond

HILLMAN N Erhardt (Hardy) Tulgestka shows off a nice Fletcher Pond largemouth bass taken on a topwater bait.

Higgins Lake is 9,600 acres and a deep 135 feet. There are 21 miles of shoreline. Ice fishing for lake trout and smelt are very popular.

Higgins Lake has been rated by National Geographic as the world’s sixth most beautiful lake.

Michigan’s 11th largest lake – Higgins Lake

Stosh Sendek celebrates catching a 34-inch Higgins Lake lake trout gaffed by his dad, Steve. (Photo by Bob Gwizdz.)

There are a few Portage Lakes in Michigan. The 10th largest inland lake is Portage Lake on the Keweenaw Peninsula. It’s 9,640 acres and 54 feet deep. There’s a lot of shoreline, with 55.9 miles to interact with the water.

Michigan’s 10th largest lake – Portage Lake

Crystal Lake has 9,711 acres of surface water. It measures 175 feet deep at deepest and has 20.8 miles of shoreline.

Crystal Lake is along the route of one of Michigan’s best fall color drives.

Michigan’s 9th largest lake – Crystal Lake

A child plays with a paddle for a canoe (one of the guest amenities at Chimney Corners) in the late afternoon sunshine along the shores of Crystal Lake in northwestern Michigan. (Photo by Kim Schneider)

Black lake is just over 10,000 acres and Michigan’s 8th largest inland lake. It’s situated in both Cheboygan and Presque Isle Counties. It’s 50 feet deep and has 18.7 miles of shore.

Michigan’s 8th largest lake – Black Lake

DNR fisheriess workers Nicole Cook and Emmet Sweeney look on as DNR fisheries technician Jason Swan removes a sturgeon from a gill net on Black Lake. (Courtesy/Michigan DNR)

Manistique Lake is 10,130 acres, 20 feet deep and has 26.5 miles of shoreline.

Michigan’s 7th largest lake – Manistique Lake

Lake Gogebic is 13,380 acres, 35 feet deep and has 34.4 miles of shoreline.

Michigan’s 6th largest lake – Lake Gogebic

Tim Long holds a giant Lake Gogebic perch taken on a Tip-up. photo credit goes to Bill Semion

Mullett Lake has 16,630 acres of surface water. It’s deep, with the maximum depth of 148 feet. There are 31.5 miles of shoreline.

Michigan’s 5th largest lake – Mullett Lake

TOPINABEE — Stephen Jewell of Cheboygan pauses along the shore of Mullett Lake while riding the new Cheboygan-Gaylord Rail Trail. (photo by Jim Dufresne.

Burt Lake is 17,120 acres, 73 feet deep and has 30.1 miles of shore. If Burt Lake and Mullett Lake were combined, they would easily be Michigan’s largest inland lake.

Michigan’s 4th largest lake – Burt Lake

Burt Lake at sunset.

Lake Charlevoix is 17,260 acres big, with a maximum depth of 122 feet. You can boat along 56 miles of shoreline.

Michigan’s 3rd largest lake – Lake Charlevoix

522travel — Sunset views over Lake Charlevoix are what you’ll see if you time your reservations right at Boyne City’s Cafe Sante.

Torch Lake is 18,770 acres and the deepest of Michigan’s inland lakes at 285 feet deep. There are 40.8 miles of shoreline.

Michigan’s 2nd largest lake – Torch Lake

Fall colors are seen in this aerial photo taken over Torch Lake in Northern Michigan. U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City crews viewed the fall colors while completing training exercises at Bryant Park near West Bay the week of Oct. 24.

Houghton Lake is Michigan’s largest inland lake with 20,044 acres. It’s also one of the most shallow large lakes, dipping to only 20 feet deep. There are 30 miles of shoreline.

Michigan’s largest inland lake – Houghton Lake


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