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Check out all 4 parts of our series on our favorite lakes: Part 1: West Coast Lakes, Part 2: Mountain Lakes, Part 3: Midwest Lakes, Part 4: Eastern US.
In our most recent post in our series on lakes, we introduced you to some beautiful destinations to add to your bucket list in the Mountain Region. In today’s post, we will be exploring Midwest Region lakes.
When many people think of the Midwest, they immediately picture endless fields stretching to the horizon. But the Midwest is also a land of lakes. The Great Lakes are located in this part of the country for starters. In addition, there are many smaller lakes that are not as well known that have a lot to offer.
In fact, there is something for everyone. Whether you want to camp and fish at a small, secluded lake off-the-beaten-track or you are looking for a more popular lake where you can find a lot of amenities and activities for the whole family, Midwest lakes will delight you. Now, let’s check out three top recommended destinations.
If you’re from Michigan, you know what an amazing state it is for outdoor activities. If you’re not from Michigan, well, you’ve probably heard incredible things from anyone you happen to know who has ever lived there.
For that reason, it is tough to choose just one lake to feature in Michigan, but we are going to go with Higgins Lake in Roscommon County.
The clear blue waters of Higgins Lake are spectacularly beautiful, making for a scenic experience.
There is a ton to do while you are at Lake Higgins. You can fish for trout, smelt, perch and pike, swim, boat, golf, or explore South Higgins Lake State Park or North Higgins Lake State Park. There are also a lot of family-friendly activities in the area such as go karts, disc golf, and even the Roscommon Zoo. You may camp at either of the state parks.
Want to experience Lake Michigan at its finest? We recommend visiting Door County, Wisconsin, a peninsula that extends out into the water near Green Bay.
There are six state parks in Door County: Newport State Park, Peninsula State Park, Whitefish Dunes State Park, Potawatomi State Park, Grand Traverse Island State Park and Rock Island State Park. You also can visit a variety of fishery areas, state wildlife areas, and state natural areas. You’ll find yourself with 54 public beaches to choose from when you set up your canopy tent to enjoy a day next to the water.
Door County has been referred to as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.” While you are there, it will be easy for you to understand why. Along with the state parks and other protected areas to explore, there are charming towns to discover plus ten different picturesque lighthouses to visit. You could return to Door County year after year without running out of things to do, and on every visit, you will feel you have truly escaped from the mundane.
One of the most beautiful Midwestern lakes can be found in Custer State Park in South Dakota. You can camp at Sylvan Lake, but as RVs and fifth wheels are not permitted, it is ideal for those who like pitching a tent (and not being interrupted by large vehicles pulling in and out).
While you will be surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery, you will also be close to a general store and other amenities.
With its distinctive boulders, Sylvan Lake has an astonishing beauty all its own. You could be perfectly content just to lounge around on the shore, paddle in a boat, or cast your fishing line.
But you will also be conveniently close to The Needles and Black Elk Peak, and you can use the lake as a staging ground for exploring the entire Black Hills area. There is truly no other place like it.
Now that we’ve shared some of our favorite Midwest Region lakes with you, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your trip.
We hope you enjoyed our selection of Midwest Region lakes, and have a chance to pay them a visit. Read on to Our Favorite Lakes, Part 4: East Coast.