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Guide to fishing for smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, lake trout, bluegill, rock bass, yellow perch, coho salmon and northern pike at Crystal Lake in Michigan.

Crystal Lake, MI

Named for its clear, blue water Crystal Lake is a 9,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the lower peninsula. This great trout and coho salmon fishery can be fished virtually year round.

The purpose of this page is to deliver an overview of this lake, the fishing options, and area amenities. Our goal is to provide info to first time visitors, as well as beginner and novice anglers. We gathered details from personal experience, numerous trusted websites, and videos of fishing activity on the lake. These websites include the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, marinas at the lake, campgrounds, boat rental agencies and others. By consolidating this information to one page it allows visitors to see the entire picture, all in one place.

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Crystal Lake, located in northwest Michigan, is a haven for fishing enthusiasts seeking a tranquil angling experience. With its crystal-clear waters and abundant fish populations, Crystal Lake offers a fantastic opportunity to catch a variety of fish species. Anglers can target smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch, and panfish in this picturesque lake. Whether you're casting from the shore or fishing from a boat, Crystal Lake provides an idyllic setting for a successful day of fishing.

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

There is over 20 miles of shoreline, some of which is accessible for fishing from the bank in areas like Beulah Beach and Mollineaux Beach. Pontoon boats, ski boats and fishing boats are available for rent at the marina. Crystal Lake DNR Public Boat Launch is located on the southeast corner of the lake. During the season bass, trout, salmon, sunfish, perch, salmon and pike. In winter Ice fishing for brook trout, lake trout and perch.

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Primary fish species residing in Crystal Lake

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Smallmouth bass Rainbow Trout Lake trout Bluegill Rock Bass Yellow Perch Coho Salmon Northern Pike

Crystal 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 Crystal Lake, and its calm waters make it an ideal spot for recreational boaters. Anglers and pleasure boaters alike can explore the lake's serene beauty, discover hidden coves, and enjoy a leisurely cruise. With public access points and boat ramps available, boaters can easily launch their watercraft and embark on their aquatic adventures.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Crystal Lake Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
231 882-7058

Mac Donald Marine
Rentals: Pontoon boats
231 310-6776

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

DNR Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off DNR Boat Ramp Service Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.


Crystal Lake Marina
7271 Crystal Dr
Beulah, MI 49617
231 882-7058

Click here for a Michigan Fishing License.

For those looking to extend their stay, Crystal Lake offers camping opportunities that allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural surroundings. Nearby campgrounds provide amenities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restrooms, ensuring a comfortable camping experience. Falling asleep under the starry sky and waking up to the breathtaking views of the lake create cherished memories of outdoor relaxation and enjoyment.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Vacation Trailer Park Campground - 231 882-5101

Timberline Campground - 231 882-9548

Betsie River Campsite - 231 352-9535

Crystal Lake MI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake Marina
7271 Crystal Dr
Beulah, MI 49617
231 882-7058


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