Family Friendly Fishing Waters


State Parks and Recreation Areas With Accessible Fishing:

  • Bald Mountain Recreation Area

    Two accessible piers makes fishing available to everyone. One pier is located East Graham and one at Lower Trout Lake.

  • Bay City State Recreation Area

    The Tobico Lagoon provides pike, carp, bass and panfish. An accessible fishing pier makes shore fishing available to all.

  • Brighton Recreation Area

    An accessible fishing pier is available a short distance from the Bishop Lake boat launch

  • Dodge #4 State Park

    Year-round fishing has an excellent reputation for largemouth and smallmouth bass, pike, bluegill, perch and trout. Dodge #4 has recently added a universally accessible fishing pier on Cass Lake.

  • Fort Custer Recreation Area

    Bass, blue gill, crappie, pike and channel catfish are found in all three lakes, each with boating access sites. A universally accessible fishing pier is located at Whitford-Lawler Lake.

  • Hartwick Pines State Park

    Four small lakes can be found within the park boundaries. Lakes Bright and Glory have accessible fishing piers with a trail from the campground to access them.

  • Island Lake Recreation Area

    Four lakes and the Huron River offer a variety of fishing opportunities. A universally accessible fishing pier is available at Island Lake.

  • Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area

    In addition to the boat launch, there are two fishing piers located Lake Minnewanna. The pier in the day use area is ADA accessible.

  • Muskegon State Park

    An accessible fishing pier is available along the channel walkway.

  • Otsego Lake State Park

    For those without a boat, the park has an accessible fishing pier. Fishing is generally good year-round. Species include bluegill, perch, crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and sturgeon. An ADA accessible boardwalk leads to the North Beach swimming area.

  • Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

    For anglers, Pontiac Lake offers excellent fishing for bass, pike and panfish. Two new accessible fishing piers are located at the Pontiac Lake Beach Area.

  • Port Crescent State Park

    A universally accessible fishing deck is available at the day-use area along the Pinnebog River.

  • Seven Lakes State Park

    Bluegill, bass, pike, tiger muskie and catfish can be found in the various lakes to challenge anglers of all ages. Fishing pier is accessible for shore fishing.

  • Sleepy Hollow State Park

    Lake Ovid has proven to be a very popular fishing lake with a wide variety of fish such as muskie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, rock bass, perch, catfish and bullheads. Two fishing piers are available as well as access to various shore fishing sites.

  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park

    Brown trout, walleye, northern muskie, northern pike, yellow perch, smallmouth bass and more are frequently caught in the Tahquamenon River. ADA accessible shore fishing is available at the Rivermouth Campground.

  • Waterloo Recreation Area

    Fishing piers are located at Big Portage and Crooked lakes. The pier at Big Portage Lake is the only one considered universally accessible by ADA Guidelines. Bass, panfish and pike can be found in the many lakes in Waterloo Recreation Area.

  • Yankee Springs Recreation Area

    A barrier-free fishing pier provides access to the Gun Lake Channel.


Licenses and Exemptions

  • Marine Exemption Certificate PDF icon

    The DNR provides disabled persons the opportunity to operate a vessel using an electric motor at slow no-wake speed on portions of waterways in Michigan that prohibit motorized vessels.