When it comes to exploring northern Michigan there are few better ways than by water. Just a few minutes away from Boyne Highlands lies Northern Michigan's Inland Waterway, the longest chain of rivers and lakes in the state. This spectacular waterway covers 38.2 miles from just outside Petoskey to Cheboygan. Along the way you will find access to state parks, areas for fishing and swimming, wide-open waters for tubing and skiing, as well as plentiful options for fuel and food.
For most, the day's journey begins on nearby Crooked Lake which is less than a ten minute drive from property. Whether you choice to launch your own boat at the Little Traverse Township Public Access or rent a boat from nearby Windjammer Marina or Ryde Marine your journey will be off to an easy start. From Crooked Lake you will enter the Crooked River and through a set of lock into the village of Alanson on your way to Burt Lake.
On a hot summer day Burt Lake provides a refreshing break to build up some speed and cool off after a no-wake journey down the Crooked River. At the opposite end of the lake lies Indian River and Burt Lake State Park with sandy beaches, shallow areas perfect for swimming and places picnic tables.
The journey then continues through the Indian River into Mullett Lake. After setting anchor for some fishing or swimming Aloha State Park provides a spot for picnicking and exploration before entering the Cheboygan River for the last leg of the Inland Waterway journey to Lake Huron. Another set of lock brings you down to the level of Lake Huron before Cheboygan provides additional dining and shopping opportunities before entering Lake Huron.
After enjoying the fresh water of one of the Great Lakes it's time to begin your journey back to Crooked Lake to take in a spectacular northern Michigan sunset over the western shore of the lake as you reminese over another perfect summer day.
About The Lakes
|Lake||Surface Area||Max. Length||Max. Width||Max. Depth|
|Crooked Lake||3.59 sq miles||3.5 miles||2 miles||50 feet|
|Burt Lake||26.75 sq miles||10 miles||5 miles||73 feet|
|Mullett Lake||25.98 sq miles||10 miles||4 miles||148 feet|
|Lake Huron||23,000 sq miles||206 miles||183 miles||750 feet|
About The Rivers
|Crooked River||5.6 miles|
|Indian River||3.9 miles|
|Cheboygan River||7 miles|
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