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Elk Lake, MI

Like the proverbial deep blue sea, Elk Lake is over 200 feet deep and has a healthy population of lake trout. About 9 miles long and mile and a half wide, the lake has 7,700 surface acres. Located in the northwest part of the lower peninsula, at Elk Rapids, the lake sports 28 miles of shoreline for recreation and fishing.

Everything you need for a camping and fishing vacation is here at the ready. A marina, parks, camping, shopping, dining, boat launch ramps and excellent choices for fishing await your arrival. The lake has healthy populations of bass, perch, muskie, walleye, trout, pike and bluegill - among others. While most of the shore is lined with homes and boat docks, there are sections of the lake available to anglers who prefer to fish from the bank. These access areas include campgrounds, parks and public areas. The lake supports all types of watercraft including sailboats, pleasure boats, ski boats, canoes, kayaks and all manner of fishing boats.

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What to fish for...

Fishing for smallmouth bass, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, lake trout, bluegill, rock bass, yellow perch, muskie and northern pike at Elk Lake in Michigan.

Primary fish species residing in Elk Lake

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Smallmouth bass Black crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Lake trout Bluegill Rock Bass Yellow Perch Muskie Northern pike

Elk Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Elk Rapids Marina on Elk Lake
Rentals: Pontoon boats
231 264-9500

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor Boat Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Cedar Street, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and plenty of paved parking.

Elk Lake Drive Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Elk Lake Drive, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Kewadin Kayak Launch
Located in the northern section of the lake, off Carin Highway, this is a portage area with paved parking.

Whitewater Township Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Park Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Elk Rapids Marina on Elk Lake
118 Bridge St
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
231 264-9500

Click here for a Michigan Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Honcho Rest Campground - 231 264-8548

Whitewater Township Park & Campground - 231 267-5091

Everflowing Waters Campground - 231 938-0933

Elk Lake MI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Elk Lake
Honcho Rest Campground
8988 Cairn Hwy
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
231 264-8548


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