• Family Friendly Fishing Waters

    Family Friendly Fishing Waters LogoAre you looking for a place to take the family fishing? Check out our designated Family Friendly Fishing Waters map below. These locations are:

    • Easy to access
    • High likelihood of catching fish
    • Family-friendly
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


Recommend a location to be added to the map

  • Want to submit a location? Send an email to DNR-FamilyFriendlyFishingWaters@michigan.gov with the following information: waterbody name, size of waterbody, type of fishing available (shore, pier, boat), fish species found there, hours open, if a fee is required for entry, on-site amenities (including if there are rustic bathrooms, modern bathrooms or no bathrooms), county, city/township, address (if available), and a photo (if available).
  • Submissions and locations are evaluated by our staff to make sure they fit the requirements.
  • Submission of a waterbody does not guarantee it will be included on the map.
  • We will make every effort to include as many waterbodies that are submitted as possible.

Helping young anglers

You do not need a fishing license to help someone under the age of 17 fish. As long as your young angler is an active participant, you can help them to:

  • land fish with net or your hands
  • unhook the fish
  • set up the fishing rod
  • bait the hook
  • fix tangles or snags
  • cast the line

All fishing regulations apply to anglers of all age, regardless of whether or not you have license.