Baldy Lake, Michigan, USA

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Lake Locations: USA - Midwest - Michigan - Upper Peninsula -

Baldy Lake is located in Alger County, Michigan, and is a part of the state’s Upper Peninsula tourism region. Baldy Lake is one or many lakes in the Manistique River watershed. It features a surface area of 64 acres and an average depth of 25 feet. Both rustic and modern vacation rentals are available along the shoreline of this sparkling body of water, including fully furnished cottages with charming lakeside views.

Fishing is popular at Baldy Lake. Anglers can expect to find black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, northern pike, rock bass, smallmouth bass, sunfish and yellow perch. Canoeing and kayaking are relaxing ways to pass an afternoon, while horseback riding along Baldy Lake’s coast is great for equine lovers. Sports enthusiasts enjoy golf at a nearby course.

There are many local trails near Baldy Lake. Bruno’s Run (or Bruno’s Run Loop) is a 2.6-mile stretch of stunning lakeside vistas, crossing over the Indian River and ending at Pete’s Lake. The Ironjaw Semi-Primitive Area is connected to Pine Marten Run, 26 miles of terrain perfect for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Trekking along the Indian River is great for hikers that like to mix kayaking with hiking. Additionally, the Valley Spur Ski Trail is one of the most traversed in the area. Its levels vary from beginner to intermediate and just perfect for a leisurely day.

Baldy Lake is nestled within the Hiawatha National Forest, a protected zone made up of sand dunes, wooded areas and wetlands – all created by an ancient glacial lake. Hiawatha National Forest butts up against three of the five great lakes – Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan – and protects 410 other bodies of water. It features about one million acres, 100 miles of shoreline and five National Wild and Scenic Rivers: Carp River, Indian River, Sturgeon River, Tahquamenon River and Whitefish River. Facilities include an education center, lighthouses and swimming beaches.

The Hiawatha National Forest is divided into the East Unit and the West Unit, and encompasses the Grand Island National Recreation Area and the Whitefish Scenic Byway. Various recreational activities are available, such as camping, hunting and horseback riding. Water sports include water skiing and jet skiing among the lakes that allow motorized boats (some lakes in Hiawatha National Forest do not). This forest is perfect for bicycling, backpacking, swimming and boating. Canoeing and kayaking are great during the spring and summer – as is skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing and snowshoeing during the winter.

The rolling hills and woodlands of the Hiawatha National Forest, including Baldy Lake, provide an important habitat for whitetail deer, wolf and lynx. Bird watching is phenomenal here, particularly for endangered species including Kirtland’s warbler. Tree species include red and sugar maple, white and red pine, American beech and balsam fir.

Fishing is available on over 75 lakes and 600 streams within the Hiawatha National Forest, and Baldy Lake is among them. Local lakes feature bass, pike, panfish, trout and walleye. Rivers and streams also offer steelhead trout and salmon.

The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising makes for a fantastic day trip from Baldy Lake. The sandstone rock formations along this stretch of Lake Superior will take your breath away. Just like its title implies, the park’s rocks are as “pretty as a picture.” As minerals erode the sandstone, cracks and colors of intense beauty emerge to create spellbinding landscapes. Other attractions within this protected area include: Chapel Rock, Bridal Falls and Miner’s Castle – a formation that suddenly lost one of its two towers to the depths of Lake Superior in 2006. Tour boats and charter boats are available to show visitors all the sights that this area has to offer, with many continuing on through the Grand Island National Recreation Area.

Baldy Lake features all of the best qualities that Michigan has to offer – rugged outdoors, untamed wildlife, phenomenal fishing and breathtaking scenery. Its proximity to attractions within Hiawatha National Forest and the Great Lakes create endless opportunities for exploration and fun, both in and around Baldy Lake.

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Things to do at Baldy Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Ice Climbing
  • Biking
  • Snowboarding
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Forest

Fish species found at Baldy Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Carp
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Salmon
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Steelhead Trout
  • Sturgeon
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Walleye
  • Whitefish
  • Yellow Perch

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Baldy Lake statistics & helpful links


Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 64 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 741 feet

Average Depth: 25 feet

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