What attracts people to Northern Michigan? In general, it may be said that the natural beauty of the area's pristine ecosystems is largely responsible, but if asked for one specific landscape feature, most would probably say "lakes". Lakes define the landscape of Northern Michigan and sustain local economies, providing stunning views, abundant fisheries, and tremendous recreational opportunities.
The Watershed Council service area includes:
Since its inception, the Watershed Council has striven to protect and improve the region's invaluable lakes. Lake water quality has been monitored by staff and volunteers alike since the 1980's. Shoreline surveys documenting nutrient-pollution, erosion and other water quality projects have been continually performed by Watershed Council staff on lakes throughout the area. Miles of lake shoreline have been restored using the Watershed Council's bio-erosion control methods. Nonpoint source pollution to lakes has been addressed through watershed management plans that we have developed for every major watershed in our service area.
Inland Lakes in our Service Area
To learn more about an individual lake, click on the lake below.