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Best Lakes in Michigan for Boating

By: Crest Pontoon Boats on Thursday, August 24, 2023

In no particular order, here is our breakdown of some of the greatest lakes in the Great Lakes State for all kinds of boating.

Torch Lake

This beautiful, aqua blue lake is a favorite for many boaters. Some even compare it to the Caribbean. Boasting beautiful views and plenty of fish, Torch is 19 miles long—making it the longest and second largest inland lake in Michigan—with an iconic 2-mile sandbar.

Lake St. Clair

This big body of water connects Lake Erie and Huron. Not only is it popular for pleasure boating but for cargo ships as well. The popular shipping channel caters to both with its substantial size (26 by 24 miles) and plenty of restaurants and public meeting places right on the water.

Spring Lake

This stunning lake on the western side of the state provides access to Lake Michigan. During the summer, you can enjoy lakeside concerts from the comfort of your boat. The scenery offers the perfect backdrop for serene activities like kayaking or paddleboarding. However, its significant depth has also made this lake a popular one for various water sports. And if you’re looking to catch some pike, this is the spot to do so.

Lake Huron

Lake Huron’s mellow waves and constant activity make an enticing environment for all sorts of boating. Its colorful boat houses are a big pull as well. Take a visit in August to witness the lake’s antique wooden boat show. And the area’s first Chris-Craft boat franchise and the one-of-a-kind Great Lakes Boat Building School can be found on its shores.

Big Manistique Lake

Big Manistique Lake is a big lake for fishing. You’ll find the lake stocked with muskie, perch, and whitefish. Its forest-lined shores are filled by classic lodges, making it the perfect spot for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle. Enjoy other activities ranging from kayaking to festivals on Big Manistique as well. Regardless, the time and effort it takes to get to this lake will be worth it.

Lake Charlevoix

This lake’s impressive shoreline—the longest found on any inland lake in Michigan—has made it known for its beaches. The beautiful boating destination usually always has something on the books—concerts, parades, shows, and more. You also can’t miss their unmistakable mushroom houses. Be sure to book a tour ahead of time if you’re interested in checking them out!