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Manistique Lakes of Curtis, MI
Welcome to Curtis, Michigan and Upper Peninsula's Largest Lake Complex the Manistique Lakes. The lake complex is made up of six major area lakes: North Manistique Lake, Big Manistique Lake, South Manistique lake, Milakokia Lake, Lake Ann Louise, and Millecoquins Lake. Visitors can expect world-class trophy fishing from these lakes. Vacationers are also centered within the Upper Peninsula's two Great Lakes: Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
Manistique Lake Facts
If you enjoy Upper Peninsula fishing and water recreation, consider a vacation centered within the Manistique Lakes Area. The six major lakes are: North Manistique Lake at 1,722 acres; Big Manistique Lake at 10,130 acres; South Manistique Lake at 4,001 acres; Milakokia Lake at 1,956 acres; Lake Ann Louise at 311 acres; and Millecoquins Lake at 1,890 acres. With numerous other small lakes in the area, a visitor has well over 20,000 acres of inland lake water to enjoy, in addition to the great lakes of Superior and Michigan, and hundreds of miles of rivers and streams.
A Variety of Fish Species
The Lakes provide a variety of cool water fish which include: Muskie up to 40 lbs., Northern Pike, Walleye, Large and Small Mouth Bass, Perch, Bluegill, Sunfish, Rock Bass, and Bullheads. The rivers and streams provide Brook, Brown, Rainbow, and Steelhead, plus great smelt runs in the spring.
We would like to introduce our three major lakes to you with detailed information on fishing, facts and recreation. We have also provided a map showing all of the public accesses. Make sure to visit the below links to learn how the Manistique Lakes can fulfill a water-filled vacation for you, your family & friends.
North Manistique Lake Fishing
North Manistique Lake is a hot spot for bass fishing along with many of the same type of species found in many of the inland lakes of Michigan. The deep areas of the lake are contain peat.
Ice-fishing during the winter provides a great way for fishermen to enjoy there sport within the beauty of the Manistique Lakes. Visit our North Manistique Lake page to learn more about what this lake has to offer.
Big Manistique Lake
If you enjoy fishing as a sport, hobby or pastime, you will find Big Manistique Lake an incredible place to drop a line any time of year. The shores of this lake are populated by commercial and private residences. There are many fine resorts listed on our Curtis MI Lodging page for you to explore your options.
Winter brings an all new excitement to the area with ice-fishing. Visit our Big Manistique Lake page to learn more about what this lake has to offer.
South Manistique Fishing
South Manistique Lake is an great place to drop a line any time of year. The shores of this lake are populated by private and commercial properties. There are many fine South Manistique Lake resorts listed on our Curtis Michigan Lodging page for you to explore your vacation options.
There are two annual ice-fishing tournament held on South Manistique Lake every year. Visit our South Manistique Lake page to learn more about what this lake has to offer.
Manistique Lakes Area Rivers
The Manistique River: The Manistique River begins at the west end of Big Manistique Lake and flows southwesterly to the town of Manistique where it empties into Lake Michigan. The River is about 80 miles long and is 2 to 10 feet deep. River bottom is mostly sand and gravel. It flows through mostly State and Federal lands such as the Seney Wildlife Refuge. The Manistique River offers outstanding canoeing, kayaking and rafting and also offers fishing for Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye.
The Fox River: The Fox River is a picturesque stream flowing southeasterly from Alger and Northern Schoolcraft counties. Four campgrounds providing access to the river system are located near Seney. The fox River and the upper Fox River with its branches, The East Branch, West Branch and the Little Fox offer some of the finest Brook Trout fishing in the state. Natural production is more than sufficient to maintain good populations, although 12,000 Brook Trout are planted annually in the main branch. Most anglers now agree that Ernest Hemingway's exploits actually occurred along the Fox River.
The Two Hearted River: The river system is made up of the mainstream and five major tributaries, The South, West, North and East Branches and Dawson Creek. The south Branch is the best Brook Trout water and one of the finest in the state. The mainstream of the Big Two Hearted River from the mouth of the Dawson to the mouth of the East Branch can be fished from the bank, waded or is canoe-able. This stream also contains Brook and Rainbow Trout. The main branch has its spring Steelhead and fall Coho and Pink Salmon runs.
The Tahquamenon River: The mighty Tahquamenon has something for everyone. Eleven species can be found in its waters. These waters have been planted with Brook and Brown Trout, Walleyes, and Muskies. Famed in the legend of the Chippewa and Hiawatha’s Gitche Gummee, the angler can test his skill along the river's entire course. For the canoeist, there is water to test the expert and satisfy the novice.
You can explore the entire Eastern Upper Peninsula from your central location here in Curtis, Michigan.