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Fishing

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Fishing

Accessible Fishing Piers

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 Park

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

Burt Lake/Veteran's Pier

Fishing pier is in Tuscarora Township in the northern Lower Peninsula.

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. An accessible fishing pier is located on Whitford-Lawler Lake.

Fort Wilkins State Park

Excellent walleye and splake fishing in Lake Fanny Hooe and excellent splake fishing in Copper Harbor.

Hartwick Pines State Park

An accessible fishing pier is located within the park boundary at both Bright and Glory lakes, which can be accessed by car or the quarter-mile trail from the campground.

Hayes State Park

Anglers can find bluegill, sunfish, crappie, pike, muskie, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass in Wampler's Lake. During the winter, ice fishing is the park's primary activity. Fishing pier is accessible for shore fishing.

Island Lake Recreation Area

Four lakes and the Huron River offer a variety of fishing opportunities. An 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.

Mitchell State Park

There are two accessible fishing piers located at either end of Clam Lake Canal. A  third accessible pier is located next to the playground area in the campground.

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.

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.

Yankee Springs Recreation Area

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

Additional easy-access fishing locations

Looking for more fishing opportunities? The Family Friendly Fishing Waters project provides additional information about fishing places in Michigan that are easy to access.

Marine Exemption Certificate

People with disabilities may have 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.