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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, tiger muskie and northern pike at Hamlin Lake in Michigan.

Hamlin Lake, MI

Stretching over 12 miles long, Hamlin Lake is a 5,000-acre lake in the northwest part of the lower MI peninsula, at the town of Hamlin. Explore over 30 miles of shoreline from a boat or on land at various access points around the lake.

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Hamlin Lake, nestled in the beautiful Ludington State Park in western Michigan, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a memorable angling experience. Spanning over 4,990 acres, this scenic lake offers diverse fishing opportunities for both novice and experienced anglers. Hamlin Lake is known for its abundant fish populations, including walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch, and panfish. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore or explore the lake's expansive waters on a boat to target these sought-after species.

Hamlin Lake, with its exceptional fishing opportunities, scenic boating experiences, and convenient camping options, stands as a remarkable destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Michigan. Whether you're an avid angler, a boating aficionado, or simply seeking a tranquil camping retreat, Hamlin Lake offers an unforgettable escape. Its diverse fish species, expansive waters, and breathtaking landscapes combine to create an impressive outdoor experience that will leave visitors with cherished memories of their time spent in this natural gem.

Fishing from the bank, or launching canoes or kayaks, is accessible at campgrounds, parks and a few walk-in areas off the roads around the lake. Rent a boat at the lake or bring your own pleasure, pontoon, sailing or fishing boat and take advantage of the boat launch ramps available to the public. Fishing enthusiasts will find walleye, perch, bass, crappie, muskie, pike, sunfish and catfish residing in the lake here. Some of the local MI fishing guides offer trips with the boat and all fishing gear provided. In winter try your hand at ice fishing once the ice is safe.

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Primary fish species residing in Hamlin Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Rock Bass Yellow Perch Northern pike Tiger muskie

Hamlin Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on Hamlin Lake, allowing visitors to fully enjoy the scenic beauty and tranquility of the surroundings. Whether it's cruising along the calm waters, water skiing, or leisurely pontoon rides, Hamlin Lake offers a serene and picturesque boating experience. The lake features public access points and boat ramps, ensuring convenient access for boaters looking to set sail and explore the scenic shorelines and hidden coves.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
231 843-8497

Waterside Resort & Boat Rental
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
231 843-2090

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Hamlin Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off County Road 116, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

USFS Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, north side, off W Nurnberg Road, this is a one-lane, primitive launch with gravel parking.

Wilson Hill Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, south side, off Beech Lane, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

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For those looking to extend their stay, Hamlin Lake offers camping facilities that provide an opportunity to immerse oneself in the natural beauty of the area. Nearby campgrounds equipped with amenities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restrooms offer a comfortable camping experience. Waking up to the sounds of nature, spending the day fishing or boating, and gathering around a campfire in the evenings create cherished memories of outdoor relaxation and connection with the great outdoors.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Ludington State Park Campground - 231 843-2423

Lakeview Campsite Campground - 231 843-3702

Cartier Park Campground - 231 845-1522

Lake Michigan Recreation Area Campground - 231 723-2211

Hamlin Lake MI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Hamlin Lake
Ludington State Park and Campgrounds
8800 W. M-116
Ludington, MI 49431
231 843-2423


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