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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, bowfin and northern pike at Houghton Lake in Michigan.

Houghton Lake, MI

The largest inland lake in the state, Houghton Lake is a 20,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the lower MI peninsula, at the town Houghton Lake. 30 miles of shoreline surround this fishing paradise offering camping and outdoor activities year round.

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Houghton Lake, located in northern Michigan, is a renowned destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a rewarding angling experience. As the state's largest inland lake, Houghton Lake offers over 20,000 acres of pristine waters and diverse fish species, making it a prime spot for both recreational and serious anglers. The lake is known for its abundant populations of walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and panfish. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore or venture out on a boat to target these prized catches, creating memorable fishing experiences amidst the scenic surroundings of Houghton Lake.

Houghton Lake, with its exceptional fishing opportunities, serene boating experiences, and convenient camping facilities, stands as a remarkable destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Michigan. Whether you're an avid angler, a boating aficionado, or simply seeking a tranquil camping retreat, Houghton Lake offers an unforgettable escape. Its diverse fish species, expansive waters, and picturesque landscapes combine to create an impressive outdoor experience that will leave visitors with cherished memories of their time spent in this natural gem.

Take advantage of local fishing guides, marinas, parks, campgrounds, shopping and dining to enhance your vacation or fishing trip to Lake Houghton. Shoreline fishing from the bank in warm weather, or ice fishing in winter make this a great destination for fishing enthusiasts without a boat. One can also choose from a variety of rental boats, available at the lake. On calm days a canoe or kayak may be a good option, but when the wind blows larger family, pontoon or fishing boats are advisable. Anglers have many species to pursue as the lake has healthy populations of walleye, perch, bluegill, pike, sunfish, crappie and bass.

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Primary fish species residing in Houghton Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Rock Bass Yellow Perch Bowfin Northern pike

Houghton 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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Boating is a popular activity on Houghton Lake, allowing visitors to explore the expansive waters and enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. Whether it's cruising along the calm waters, water skiing, or leisurely pontoon rides, Houghton Lake offers a serene and picturesque boating experience. Public access points and boat launches are available, ensuring convenient access for boaters looking to set sail and navigate the vast expanse of the lake.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Be Water Rentals
Rentals: Canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats
989 459-1333

Brian's Lakeside Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
989 422-6720

HLM Boat Rentals
Rentals: Pontoon boats
989 387-4978

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

DNR Boat Launch Lakeview Park
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Town Line Road, this is a six-lane, concrete ramp with docks and tons of paved parking.

Houghton Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Old US Highway 27, this is a six-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

North DNR Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Pub Fishing Site, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Bayview Harbor Marina
119 Doeskin Dr
Houghton Lake, MI 48629
989 387-1614

Brian's Lakeside Marina
8320 W Houghton Lake Dr
Houghton Lake, MI 48629
989 422-6720

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For those seeking a longer stay, Houghton Lake offers camping facilities that allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Nearby campgrounds provide amenities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restrooms, ensuring a comfortable camping experience. Waking up to stunning lake views, spending the day fishing or boating, and gathering around a campfire under the starry night sky create cherished memories of outdoor relaxation and connection with nature.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

West Houghton Lake Campground - 989 422-5130

Poplars Resort & Campground - 989 422-5132

Houghton Lake state forest park Campground - 989 275-5151

Au Sable State Forest Campground - 989 422-5522

Great Circle Campground - 989 821-9486

Houghton Lake MI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Houghton Lake
West Houghton Lake Campground
9371 W Houghton Lake Dr
Houghton Lake, MI 48629
989 422-5130


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