Mullett Lake, Michigan, USA

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Mullett Lake is Michigan’s fifth largest lake, covering 17,360 acres with 28 shoreline miles. Sitting at the center of Michigan’s Inland Waterway, Mullett Lake allows boats to navigate the connecting rivers and lakes for approximately 38 miles. Mullett Lake was discovered during a federal survey of the Cheboygan County area which was conducted between 1840 and 1843. John Mullett, for whom the lake was named, along with William A. Burt conducted this survey. The area is full of history. Mullett Lake was once a Native American trade route that is now open to recreational boat traffic. Sitting on 200 feet of lake front property is the former Michigan Central passenger train ticket station which was the main connection between Detroit and Mackinaw.

Mullett Lake can be enjoyed all year. Winter sports include ice fishing or snowmobiling on the 11 mile stretch of state-maintained trails. This trail, officially named the North Central State Trail, runs for 62 miles. 60 percent of the area is covered in forests, so as you hike or enjoy equestrian adventures during the warmer months you will be comfortable. The common trees are the sugar and red maple, red oak, quaking aspen, northern white cedar, pine, spruce, and tamarack. Whether you visit during the summer or in the fall when the colors are at their most vivid, you will enjoy the time spent on the trail.

Aloha State Park is located on Mullett Lake’s eastern shore. The Park offers 285 modern campsites, access to the trail, boat ramp with protected harbor, picnicking, two swimming beaches with sandy bottoms, horseshoe pits, softball field, basketball and volleyball courts, and metal detecting which is sure to bring out the treasure hunter lurking within.

For the fishing enthusiast, there are several public boat ramps located around the lake. The lake covers an area approximately 26 square miles, is ten miles at its maximum length, and four miles at its maximum width. Whether you use a crank bait, jigs, minnows, or flies you are sure to be pleased with your catch. Mullett Lake offers excellent fishing and contains large populations of bass, trout, smelt, northern pike, yellow perch, and walleye. The State record-holding lake sturgeon was pulled from this lake.

The major tributaries flowing into Mullett Lake are the Indian River, Pigeon River, Little Pigeon River, Little Sturgeon River, and Mullett Creek. Indian River creates an opportunity for those who enjoy canoeing or kayaking. As you coast along the river you may encounter the Sand Hill Crane that is common to this area. Nesting in the nearby trees is a pair of Bald Eagles, and at the river’s edge are the swans raising their families. As you float along, the startled white tailed deer or native bird may be seen or the wild flowers that explode with color during the summer.

The Cheboygan River on the northeast end of Mullett Lake is the outflowing river that glides to its end at Lake Huron. A dam was constructed on the Cheboygan River in the 1920s four miles downstream from Mullett Lake, causing lake levels to rise. The dam maintains lake levels and provides flood relief for the Inland Waterway. Thousands of boats pass through the Cheboygan Lock and Dam each year on their way to Lake Huron. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources manages the lock and dam.

The unincorporated communities of Indian River, Mullett Lake, and Topinabee or the community of Aloha are available for those who wish to live here all year. Lake front cottages are available to rent offering all the comforts of home. Enjoy the night after a day of hiking or fishing by gazing at the silvery blue lake or the star filled sky. You might hear a tremulous wail which is the call of the loon. During August you will enjoy the Top-O-Michigan outboard Marathon Nationals which are held in part on Mullett Lake. This lake’s central location allows you to visit many of the historical and local attractions. The 55 foot crucifix has been the local landmark since 1954. This crucifix was made from a single redwood tree and was enhanced by a seven ton bronze sculpture of Christ that was created and added in 1959 by Marshall M. Fredericks.

The Mackinaw Bridge, Fort Michilmackinac, the Soo Locks, and Mackinaw Island will capture the interest of many. In the town of Mackinaw you can enjoy shopping and restaurants as well as the famous Mackinaw fudge that is made fresh daily. For the golf aficionado there are several nearby golf courses to choose from and enjoy as the average summer temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The nearby Oden Fish Hatchery and Visitor Center and the Cheboygan State Park are also convenient and pleasurable day trips. No matter what your preferred activity, if you choose to live here or just visit, you will enjoy Mullett Lake any time of the year.

Things to do at Mullett Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Mullett Lake

  • Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Smelt
  • Sturgeon
  • Trout
  • Walleye
  • Yellow Perch

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Mullett Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Surface Area: 17,360 acres

Shoreline Length: 28 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 604 feet

Average Depth: 37 feet

Maximum Depth: 145 feet

Water Volume: 613,777 acre-feet

Drainage Area: 744 sq. miles

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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