Hamlin Lake--A Lake for All Seasons

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Hamlin Lake is located 4 miles north of Ludington, Michigan.

If you're looking for a fun, inexpensive family vacation, then Hamlin Lake is where you want to be. It offers terrific summer recreation, including swimming, boating, tubing, and fishing. At more than 12 miles long and 5,000 acres large, there's more than enough space for everyone without feeling crowded. Hamlin Lake touches Manistee National Forest on the north, towering dunes in the west and miles of undeveloped wilderness all around. This man-made lake originated during the logging hey-day when lumbermen dammed the Big Sable River to make an enormous holding pond for trees felled upstream.

Hamlin Lake Dam, located just inside Ludington State Park, marks a unique historical spot and a great spot for catching salmon in the fall. The sandy shoreline of Hamlin Lake Beach is popular with swimmers and sunbathers. It features picnic lawns, concession stands, and restrooms. From here you can begin your walk on a hiking path, or rent a canoe and take a leisurely glide on marked paths that meander along the state park's shoreline.

Whether you traverse the bayous or head for deeper waters, Hamlin Lake offers a smorgasbord of fish. Tiger muskie, northern pike, large and small mouth bass, perch, crappie, bluegill and over 600,000 walleye, planted several years ago, promise a superb catch. The fishing doesn't cool down in winter either. Tip-ups and shanties dot the ice as fishermen pull in delicious panfish and walleye.

Winter also means ice-skating and cross-country skiing on miles of groomed trails along Hamlin Lake and through Ludington State Park's frozen wilderness, truly making Hamlin a lake for all seasons.

For additional information regarding the entire Ludington area, check out VisitLudington.com.

It's a very short drive between the many charming communities in our area, including Ludington, Pere Marquette River, Scottville, Manistee, Pentwater, and Silver Lake.

Our Hamlin Lake visitors business sections include information for Boating & Fishing, Restaurants, Shopping, Things to Do, Lodging, and more. If you own a home in the area, or are looking to buy a fixer upper you will find all your home improvement needs on our Homes & Gardens website. Other valuable business information can be found on our locally produced HamlinLake.MichBiz.com.

The beauty of this area makes Hamlin Lake a great place to hold your wedding, reunion, or birthday party. Be sure to visit HamlinLake.LakeshoreCelebrations.com to help in planning your special event. From florists to DJ's to photographers--it's all listed on this easy-to-navigate site. Don't forget that Hamlin Lake resorts may also offer a venue for your wedding; they're all listed on HamlinLake.com under Lodging.

Any season--any time--Hamlin Lake is where you want to be.


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