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The Best Fishing in Michigan

Looking for the best fishing in Michigan? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Michigan. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top fishing spots in and near Michigan

  • Eagle Harbor Township, Michigan

    Backpack Isle Royale NP's Greenstone Ridge Trail

    5.0
    41.12 mi / 3235 ft gain
    Isle Royale National Park consists of Isle Royale, a fifty mile long and nine mile wide island in Lake Superior, and about 45 smaller islands around (and within) it. Remote and undeveloped, the shores can be visited by watercraft, but the only way to see the interior is to walk across it. Because...
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  • Mesick, Michigan

    Backpack the Manistee River Trail Loop

    23 mi
    Day 1: Arrive at Seaton Creek Campground and pay for parking for the number of nights you plan on hiking the loop. For this particular trip, I hiked the loop in 2.5 days and 2 nights. Hike 1.4 miles from Seaton Creak Campground to a suspension footbridge on the banks of the Manistee River. At thi...
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  • Oscoda Township, Michigan

    Hike Lumberman’s Monument

    5.0
    5.6 mi
    Lumberman’s Monument is truly a hidden gem. Most people don’t realize there are towering sand dunes in the Oscoda area. While the majority of visitors stay at the overlook, there is a breathtaking trail for the more adventurous. The main parking for this trail is at the Lumberman’s Monument parki...
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  • Charlevoix, Michigan

    Camp at Fisherman's Island State Park

    0 mi / 0 ft gain
    Located just south of Charlevoix is Fisherman's Island State Park. The park offers miles of biking/hiking trails, and campsites directly on the beach of Lake Michigan.  Although located just outside of town, there is no service in this area, leaving you completely cut off from the outside world. ...
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  • Honor, Michigan

    Paddle the Platte River

    2.0
    Starting at Riverside Canoe Rentals (located near the intersection of M-22 and Lake Michigan Rd), or the small park across the river, this trip will take you roughly 3 hours to float, but shorter if you are paddling.  But beware, starting here will require you to cross a small lake - not very dif...
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  • Eagle Harbor Township, Michigan

    Backpack Windigo to South Lake Desor, Isle Royale NP

    11.3 mi / 1400 ft gain
    This guide assumes that hikers have already made their journey by either float plane or charter ship to the Windigo Port on the West end of the island of Isle Royale National Park.As mentioned above, this section hike of the Greenstone Ridge Trail partitions off one of the NUMEROUS options one ca...
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  • Houghton Township, Michigan

    Backpack Rock Harbor to Lane Cove

    7 mi / 500 ft gain
    If coming from Michigan, take the ferry to Isle Royale from Copper Harbor. After a three-hour journey you will arrive at the park via the dock in Rock Harbor around lunchtime. After registering at the park office you can set off on a great 7-mile hike to Lane Cove, which is well marked. This hike...
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  • Waterford Township, Michigan

    Paddle the Headwaters of the Clinton River

    The total trip is approximately 2 miles, or 50-90 minutes. Your leisurely trip begins at the Waterford Clinton River Canoe Launch. While some paddlers go downstream and then back upstream to the start, I recommend staging a car or a bike where you end. The end point for this trip is the business ...
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  • Roscommon, Michigan

    Paddle the Mason Tract

    The Mason Tract is a massive protected wilderness area encompassing 4,493 acres. The crystal clear AuSable River runs right through the heart of this forest. On this trip, you will encounter enormous old trees with beautiful remote scenery around each riverbend. Bald eagles and black bears are pl...
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  • Holland, Michigan

    Swim at Holland State Park

    5.0
    Holland State Park has a variety of activities available, the most prominent of course being swimming and relaxing on the beach. You can lay out towels and sunbathe, throw a frisbee or football in the large sand area away from the water, or play sand volleyball on one of the many courts. There is...
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  • West Olive, Michigan

    Kayak Pigeon Creek to Lake Michigan

    4.0
    The start and end of this adventure is at the dead end of Holly Drive. There is a small boat launch parking lot that sometimes has a porta-john, although I would not count on it. You can kayak upstream (to the right) to enjoy a peaceful paddle around and through the reeds, and I have seek many mu...
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  • Maple City, Michigan

    Paddle Glen Lake

    A pristine lake thats just waiting to be explored by kayak, SUP, canoe or boat (keep in mind that power boats are allowed on this lake). The water is amazingly clear and a beautiful shade of aqua blue. During the summer months, the air temperature remains relatively cool and makes for perfect, lo...
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  • Metamora, Michigan

    Lake Minnawanna Scenic Trail

    4.41 mi / 305 ft gain
    Lake Minnawanna Scenic Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Metamora, Michigan.
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  • Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Fred McLinden Nature Trails

    1.68 mi / 151 ft gain
    Fred McLinden Nature Trails is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Comstock, Michigan.
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  • Mackinac Island, Michigan

    Mackinac Island Outer Loop

    8.06 mi / 115 ft gain
    Mackinac Island Outer Loop is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Mackinac Island, Michigan.
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  • Pinckney, Michigan

    Crooked Lake Trail

    4.54 mi / 361 ft gain
    Crooked Lake Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Pinckney, Michigan.
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