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The inland lakes that dot our landscape from north to south, and east to west are an integral part of our Michigan experience. We asked MLive readers to nominate the best inland lakes that Michigan has to offer, and you did not disappoint. Nominations flooded in from all parts of the state, and included both popular spots for tourists and locals alike, as well as hidden gems that might only be known by those who live nearby.“It is the largest, has the most diversity of things to do in and around it, through all seasons, and has public access options,” said one reader about very popular Houghton Lake, which sounds like it might be inland lake nirvana. “Fish, hike, bike, boat, float, ORV, history, golf, snowmobile, ski, food, fun, hotels and family traditions. Easy to find from I-75, US-127, M-55, and more.”Over 600 readers sent in their nominations for Michigan’s Best Inland Lake, with over 140 individual lakes nominated. We were looking specifically for lakes with public access, and no Great Lakes.Some of our inland lakes are easy to get to, like the before mentioned Houghton. Others a bit harder to seek out, but well worth the journey. “This 1 mile long inland lake is as pristine as you can get in lower Michigan since the island is part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and has no cabins on it,” said one reader about remote Manitou Lake, located on North Manitou Island. “The lake has great fishing, especially smallmouth bass. No motorized boats can access the lake, and even inflatable portable floatation devices are difficult as access to the lake is by foot only. Despite that, it is a blast to fish by wading out on the sandy bottom about 30-50 yards or so and fish the drop-off.”Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out our form, and nominate their favorite spots.We’ll be putting up our regional voting polls next week, and hope you’ll vote for your favorite inland lake in Michigan. Our Michigan’s Best team of John Gonzalez and Amy Sherman will be sharing stories about some of our Michigan’s Best Inland Lakes over the next few weeks.RELATED: Michigan’s Best Podcast: We share our favorite inland lakesSee all the nominations for Michigan's Best Inland LakeJacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor NewsDetroit Metro AreaLakeville Lake, Addison TownshipLake St. ClairCass Lake, Keefe HarborKent Lake, Kensington Metro ParkOrchard Lake Village, Orchard Lake VillageAnn ArborSouth Lake, Lyndon TownshipPortage Lake, PinckneyWhitmore Lake, Whitmore LakeLittle Portage Lake, DexterSilver Lake, Pinckney Recreation AreaHalfmoon Lake, HellBlind Lake, GregoryBelleville Lake, BellevilleBruin Lake, UnadillaSilver Lake, HellPickerel Lake, PinckneyZuckey Lake, PinckneyLake Chemung, HowellOtsego Lake in Gaylord is known for its variety of water activities, including kayaking.John GonzalezJackson AreaClark Lake, Ocean Beach RoadVineyard Lake, BrooklynColdwater Lake, ColdwaterGilletts Lake, JacksonDuck Lake, SpringportDeep Lake, Cambridge Twp.Wamplers Lake, BrooklynDevil’s Lake, Devil’s LakePortage Lake, Waterloo Rec AreaRound Lake, Jackson CountyLake Somerset, Somerset CenterGrass Lake, Grass LakeFlint & Thumb AreaLake Fenton, FentonHolloway Reservoir, DavisonSilver Lake, FentonLake Ponemah, FentonFlint Park Lake/Devil’s Lake, FlintKayaking is a popular sport on Michigan's inland lakes and rivers. (Garret Ellison | MLive).Garret Ellison | MLiveGrand Rapids AreaReeds Lake, East Grand RapidsGreen Lake, CaledoniaGun Lake, Yankee SpringsMurray Lake, LowellKalamazoo & Southwest MichiganGull Lake, RichlandAsylum Lake, KalamazooUpper Crooked Lake, DeltonPine Lake, PlainwellPaw Paw Lake, ColomaDiamond Lake, CassapolisReynolds Lake, LawrenceMuskegon & LakeshoreMona Lake, MuskegonWolf Lake, MuskegonSpring Lake, Spring LakeMuskegon Lake, MuskegonHart Lake, HartSilver Lake, MearsThere are many water sports to enjoy on Michigan lakes, including kayaking. Alison Zywicki | [email protected] Lower PeninsulaTorch Lake, AldenOtsego Lake, GaylordLake Mecosta, MecostaCrystal Lake, Benzie CountyWalloon LakeLake CharlevoixGlen Lake, Glen ArborHardy Dam Pond, Big Prairie TownshipBurt Lake, Indian RiverHiggins Lake, Higgins LakeBlack Lake, OnawayLong Lake, InterlochenBear Lake, KalkaskaJose Lake, South BranchHoughton Lake, Houghton LakeLittlefield Lake, Gilmore TownshipWest Londo Lake, HaleHamlin Lake, LudingtonRifle Lake, Hill TownshipChippewa Lake, Chippewa LakeLake Leelenau (north and south), Lake LeelanauLime Lake, Maple CityMullet Lake, AlohaLake Missaukee, Lake CityLong Lake, Alpena TownshipHubbard Lake, Hubbard LakeLake Ogemaw, West BranchLake Isabella, Lake IsabellaIntermediate Lake, Central LakeCrooked Lake, ConwayEight Point Lake, LakeLake Charlevoix, CharlevoixPortage Lake, OnekemaElk Lake, Elk RapidsLake Margrethe, GraylingSecord Lake, GladwinFive Lake, Five LakeFrench Farm Lake, Wawatam TownshipSand Lake, National CityLong Lake, Grand Traverse CountySt. Mary’s Lake, Riverton TownshipSage Lake, Sage LakeLily Lake, HarrisonBudd Lake, HarrisonBlack Lake, CheboyganLake Skegemog, Rapid CityChub Lake, GaylordLake St. Helen, St. HelenEast Twin Lake, LewistonLittle Platte Lake, HonorRound Lake, CharlevoixHess Lake, NewaygoCampbell Lake, HesperiaAvalon Lake, AtlantaLake Mitchell, CadillacStarvation Lake, MancelonaWest Londo Lake, HaleLower Herring Lake, ElbertaBlue Lake, MecostaRound Lake, MecostaDuck Lake, InterlochenSapphire Lake, Lake CitySand Lake, National CityGrand Lake, Presque IsleLittle Glen Lake, EmpireBig Glen Lake, EmpireLake of the Clouds within the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. (Photo by Lori Chapman | MLive)Upper PeninsulaIndian Lake, ManistiqueLake Michigammee, Imperial HeightsLake Gogebic, Lake GogebicLake Gratiot, MohawkLittle Lake Gerald, Twin LakesManistique Lake, CurtisAndrus Lake, ParadiseTrout Lake, Trout LakeLake in the Clouds, Porcupine MountainsLake Roland, ToivolaLake Gerald, ToivolaFortune Lake, Crystal FallsMuskallonge Lake, McMillan TownshipPortage Lake, HoughtonAmnesia Lake, Schoolcraft CountyJohn Gonzalez and Amy Sherman check out the Amphibious car at The Cove in Leland, Michigan. They picked The Cove as Michigan's Best Waterfront Restaurant.John GonzalezMORE MIICHIGAN’S BEST: The 2021 guide to Michigan’s Best Vacation SpotsGorgeous waterfront makes Mackinaw City a Best Vacation Spot winnerKeweenaw Peninsula is a ‘magical place’, wins Michigan’s Best Vacation Spot for the Western U.P.Mackinac Island edges out other destinations as Michigan’s Best Vacation Spots in Eastern U.P.Towering bluffs, crystal clear water make Sleeping Bear Dunes a Michigan Best Vacation Spot winnerSoft sand beaches make Muskegon a Michigan’s Best Vacation Spot44 must-visit waterfront restaurants in MichiganMichigan’s Best Waterfront Restaurant is The CoveThese are the 10 best waterfront restaurants in MichiganHow to spend a Michigan’s Best Day in St. JosephThree great places for waterfront dining in South HavenPrevious owner Charlie Boylen poses for a picture with MLive's John Gonzalez at Charlie's Bar and Grille in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Boylen's daughter, Jodi Wilterdink, now owns the restaurant. (Cory Morse | Cory Morse | MLive.comFollow along on our Michigan’s Best [email protected] on [email protected] on InstagramFacebook at MLiveMIBest.Join in by using the hashtag #mibest. Our most recent search was for Michigan’s Best Vacation Spot.In addition: Amy Sherman is on Twitter @amyonthetrail, as well as Facebook and Instagram @amyonthetrail.John Gonzalez is on Twitter @michigangonzo, as well as Facebook and Instagram @MichiganGonzo.Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.
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