Family Friendly Fishing Waters

State Parks and Recreation Areas With Accessible Fishing:

  • Newaygo State Park
  • 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.

  • Pinckney Recreation 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.

  • Rifle River Recreation Area
  • 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.

  • Silver Lake State Park
  • 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.

  • Sterling State Park
  • 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.

  • Tippy Dam Recreation Area

    Accessible to the Manistee River just below Tippy Dam Hydro Dam. Fall is great for salmon fishing and spring for steelhead fishing, open year round.

  • 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.

  • Wilderness State Park
  • 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.