Family Friendly Fishing Waters

Subscribe to Fish Bites from Michigan DNR Red envelope

Family Friendly Fishing Waters LogoAre you looking for a great place to go fishing that is easy to access, has a high likelihood of catching fish, has various amenities, and is all around family-friendly? Then the Family Friendly Fishing Waters project can help!

Below you will find a map that highlights family-friendly fishing locations throughout the state of Michigan. Just click on a county to get started!

Do you have a location you'd like to see listed? The DNR will continue to collect Family Friendly Fishing Waters location submissions. Just visit our online form and fill in the necessary details.

Our established format asks applicants to share digital photos of any suggested Family Friendly Fishing Waters location. To do so, an email can be sent to with the photos included as JPEG attachments. The email subject line should reference the suggested location. Photos should be relevant to the suggested location and highlight the fishing area(s), the parking area and/or the water body itself. Be sure to take several photos from various angles and we will select the best ones to use.

Please note, all Family Friendly Fishing Waters submissions and locations are vetted by DNR staff to ensure they fit the necessary requirements. Submission of a water body does not guarantee it will be included on the Family Friendly Fishing Waters website. The DNR will make every effort to include as many water bodies that are submitted as possible.

You do not need a fishing license to help somone under the age of 17 fish. Those under 17 have the same fishing privileges and must comply to the same fishing regulations as those with valid fishing licenses do. People without a license can: help land fish with net or their hands, help unhook the fish, set up the fishing rod with the appropriate gear, bait the hook, fix tangles or snags, cast the line for the young angler (however, it should be stressed that the young angler must be an active participant while the person assisting is only assisting).

Family Friendly Fishing Waters MapMonroe County Berrien County Wayne County Macomb County St. Clair County Sanilac County Chippewa County Tuscola County Bay County Huron County Arenac County Iosco County Alcona County Grand Traverse County Antrim County Alpena County Leelanau County Presque Isle County Emmet County Charlevoix County Menominee County Delta County Mackinac County Alger County Marquette County Baraga County Ontonagon County Houghton County Keweenaw County Cass County St. Joseph County Branch County Hillsdale County Lenawee County Van Buren County Kalamazoo County Calhoun County Jackson County Washtenaw County Allegan County Barry County Eaton County Ingham County Livingston County Oakland County Ionia County Clinton County Shiawassee County Ottawa County Genesee County Kent County Lapeer County Montcalm County Muskegon County Gratiot County Saginaw County Newaygo County Mecosta County Oceana County Isabella County Midland County Lake County Osceola County Clare County Gladwin County Mason County Wexford County Missaukee County Manistee County Roscommon County Ogemaw County Benzie County Kalkaska County Crawford County Oscoda County Otsego County Montmorency County Cheboygan County Dickinson County Iron County Schoolcraft County Luce County Gogebic County