Lake and Pond Fishing

Three men in a boat, fishing on a lake.The forest adheres to State licensing regulations, including size and quantity limits.

The following sites charge a recreation or concession day use fee:

Parent Location Recreation Site

Pine Lake

Sand Lake Rec Area
North Country Trail Benton Lake
Highbank Lake
Nichols Lake South
Wagner Lake Island Lake
Loon Lake
Wagner Lake
Wakeley Lake Kneff Lake

Look for this sign when you enter the site: Recreation Fee Symbol - Sign at Recreation Sites

Passes can be paid for at the site by using a fee envelope, located near the bulletin board or can be purchased from a Forest Serice Office or vendor.  For more information on which passes are available and which pass will best suit your needs during your visit,  visit the Passes and Permits section of the website.


Maps of some lakes are available on the Michigan DNR website.

Lake and Pond Fishing Areas

  • Au Sable River
  • Au Sable River - Alcona Dam to Lake Huron
  • Au Sable Area
  • Au Sable River Primitive Camping
  • Cooke Area
  • Sawmill Point Boat Launch
  • Corsair Area
  • Round Lake Campground and Day Use Area
  • Sand Lake Beach Day Use Area
  • Hoist/Reid Lake Areas
  • Hoist Lake Area
  • Horseshoe Lake Campground and Boat Launch
  • Jewell Lake Campground
  • O'Brien Lake Access
  • Reid Lake Foot Travel Area
  • Sprinkler Lake Access Site
  • Hungerford Recreation Area
  • Mack Lake Motorized Trail System
  • Mack Lake ORV Campground
  • Lake Michigan
  • Hamlin Lake Boat Access
  • M-37: White Cloud to Baldwin
  • Benton Lake Campground
  • Brush Lake Campground
  • Condon Lakes West
  • Highbank Lake Campground
  • Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary
  • Minnie Pond Campground
  • Nichols Lake North
  • Nichols Lake South Campground
  • Shelley Lake Campground
  • Twinwood Lake Campground
  • Walkup Lake Campground
  • M-55: Manistee to Cadillac
  • Hemlock Campground and Boat Launch
  • Pine Lake Campground
  • Sand Lake Recreation Area
  • Manistee River
  • Manistee River Area
  • Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area
  • Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness - Nurnberg Trailhead
  • North Country National Scenic Trail
  • Pere Marquette River
  • Bowman Lake Area
  • Bowman Lake Campground
  • Whelan Lake Area
  • Pine National Scenic River
  • Peterson Bridge North Day Use and Boat Launch Area
  • Wagner Lake Area
  • Crater Lake Fishing Access
  • Island Lake Campground
  • Loon Lake Day Use Area
  • Wagner Lake Campground
  • Wakeley Lake Area
  • Kneff Lake Campground
  • Wakeley Lake Area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities