23 Michigan swimming spots that are worth a road trip

Houghton Lake  191 miles, 2 hrs 56 minutes Discover the fresh water and the beauty of Houghton’s crystal clear lake. This is the perfect place for the self-proclaimed “outdoorsy” family who enjoys hiking and water sports. The lake includes accommodations for  canoeing, cross country skiing, fishing and more! (photo via Houghton Lake Facebook) Black Lake 4 hours and 22 minutes Formed by glaciers, this lake gets its name because of its 50 ft depth makes the water appear black. Visitors can also head to the UAW center  to enjoy the gorgeous golf course, bike trails, outdoor excursions, nightlife and guest housing. (photo via Black Lake Facebook Page) Trout Lake  324 miles, 4 hours 52 minutes   An upper-peninsula hotspot, this little gem offers fishing, hunting, swimming, sailing, bird watching and nature photography. It’s also open all year long, so whether you want to enjoy summer or winter activities, Lake Trout has it all! (Photo via Mcdonalds log cabin Facebook page) Lake Leelanau  269 miles, 4 hours 26 minutes Head over to Leelanau county and Indulge in the amazing wonder of the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore and The Manitou Islands. It’s practically Michigan’s own Mount Rushmore, If you’re into beautiful natural landmarks, this is the place for you. (Photo via Stacy Nicole Facebook)   Cass lake  Driving distance from Detroit, 33 miles, 51 minutes 180 acres of clear water, makes this spot the perfect destination for fishing. The family-friendly area has a relaxing beach area, convenient boat launch and delicious concessions. Plus, it’s super close, and can easily transition into a romantic day trip! (photo via Amber Sykes Facebook) Elk Lake  Driving distance from Detroit, 248 miles, 3 hours 59 minutes A fun place to enjoy fishing, golfing and hiking. The three hour drive makes this place awsome for a quick summer road trip. Also offers affordable lodging options, if you’re looking for a weekend getaway right here in Michigan. (photo via koener camera systems Facebook) Glen Lake  Driving distance from Detroit 268 miles, 4 hours 21 minutes Also located within Leelanau county, this lake prides itself in being one of the most pristine and secluded places in America. Just Imagine yourself, fully relaxed and meditating along this gorgeous river melting all the stress away. (photo via Glen Lake Facebook Page) Crystal Lake   Driving distance from Detroit 258 miles 4 hours 8 minutes The next time you’re visiting Traverse city, consider making a quick stop at this beautiful lake. It’s Michigan’s largest inland lake and it’s also adjacent to the amazing sleeping bear dunes, it’s definitely on our list of Michigan sites to see! (photo via Crystal Lake Facebook) Gun Lake Driving distance from Detroit, 142 miles, 2 hours 33 minutes The perfect west Michigan getaway, this all-sports lake has water-skiing, tubing, sailing and much more! The lake offers affordable lodging areas, so whether you want to explore the lake for a weekend or a week this lake has plenty to offer!! (photo via Gun Lake Michigan Facebook Page)   Gull Lake Driving distance from Detroit, 140 miles, 2 hours 15 minutes Located in Prairieville, this lake has a lot of fishing options. Whether you’re into shore or boat fishing, this location offers fishing for only $5! It’s a deal and an awesome getaway. (photo via Gull Lake Michigan)   Wixom Lake Driving distance from Detroit, 146 miles, 2 hours 14 minutes Another great fishing destination! Located in Gladwin County Michigan, you can expect to find Bluegill, Sunfish and Yellow Perch within this peaceful lake. If you’re interested in a quick summer destination, this is the place! (photo via Wixom Lake Facebook page)   Hubbard Lake Driving distance from Detroit, 230 miles, 3 hours 47 minutes Located entirely in Northeast Michigan, if you’re looking for a quick two-day trip consider heading here and renting out a super cute cabin! Make sure you stop by North Higgins Lake State Park and enjoy the trails and the all the natural wonders. (photo via Instagram User cadehfishing)    

They don't call Michigan the Great Lakes State for nothing! And sure, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are fantastic, but it's Michigan's inland lakes that make our state a goldmine for people who love the water. Doesn't matter if you're boating, swimming, fishing, or even waterskiing — Michigan's lakes are beautiful and a great time for everyone. Here are 23 lakes that are worth a weekend road trip.

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Burt Lake
Driving distance from Detroit: 3 hours and 56 minutes
Located at the tippy top of the lower peninsula, Burt Lake is the perfect peaceful getaway. With Burt Lake State Park on the southeast corner and the many beaches lining the east side, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sun and the sand. The vast waterways also offer extensive areas for boating and watersports. Whether you want to put your toes in the sand or impress your friends on a wakeboard, this lake has a great mix of relaxation and adventure. 
(Photo via IG user @kfly1207)
Burt Lake
Driving distance from Detroit: 3 hours and 56 minutes
Located at the tippy top of the lower peninsula, Burt Lake is the perfect peaceful getaway. With Burt Lake State Park on the southeast corner and the many beaches lining the east side, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sun and the sand. The vast waterways also offer extensive areas for boating and watersports. Whether you want to put your toes in the sand or impress your friends on a wakeboard, this lake has a great mix of relaxation and adventure.
(Photo via IG user @kfly1207)
Houghton Lake
 Driving distance from Detroit:191 miles, 2 hrs 56 minutes 
Discover the fresh water and the beauty of Houghton’s crystal clear lake. This is the perfect place for the self-proclaimed “outdoorsy” family who enjoys hiking and water sports. The lake includes accommodations for  canoeing, cross country skiing, fishing and more!
(photo via Houghton Lake Facebook)
Houghton Lake
 Driving distance from Detroit:191 miles, 2 hrs 56 minutes
Discover the fresh water and the beauty of Houghton’s crystal clear lake. This is the perfect place for the self-proclaimed “outdoorsy” family who enjoys hiking and water sports. The lake includes accommodations for  canoeing, cross country skiing, fishing and more!
(photo via Houghton Lake Facebook)
 Black Lake
Driving distance from Detroit:259 miles, 4 hours and 22 minutes
Formed by glaciers, this lake gets its name because of its 50 ft depth makes the water appear black. Visitors can also head to the UAW center  to enjoy the gorgeous golf course, bike trails, outdoor excursions, nightlife and guest housing. 
(photo via Black Lake Facebook Page)
Black Lake
Driving distance from Detroit:259 miles, 4 hours and 22 minutes
Formed by glaciers, this lake gets its name because of its 50 ft depth makes the water appear black. Visitors can also head to the UAW center  to enjoy the gorgeous golf course, bike trails, outdoor excursions, nightlife and guest housing.
(photo via Black Lake Facebook Page)
Trout Lake
 Driving distance from Detroit: 324 miles, 4 hours 52 minutes  
An upper-peninsula hotspot, this little gem offers fishing, hunting, swimming, sailing, bird watching and nature photography. It’s also open all year long, so whether you want to enjoy summer or winter activities, Trout Lake has it all!
(Photo via Mcdonalds log cabin Facebook page)
Trout Lake
 Driving distance from Detroit: 324 miles, 4 hours 52 minutes  
An upper-peninsula hotspot, this little gem offers fishing, hunting, swimming, sailing, bird watching and nature photography. It’s also open all year long, so whether you want to enjoy summer or winter activities, Trout Lake has it all!
(Photo via Mcdonalds log cabin Facebook page)
Lake Leelanau
 Driving distance from Detroit: 269 miles, 4 hours 26 minutes
Head over to Leelanau county and Indulge in the amazing wonder of the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore and The Manitou Islands. It’s practically Michigan’s own Mount Rushmore, If you’re into beautiful natural landmarks, this is the place for you. 
(Photo via Stacy Nicole Facebook)
Lake Leelanau
 Driving distance from Detroit: 269 miles, 4 hours 26 minutes
Head over to Leelanau county and Indulge in the amazing wonder of the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore and The Manitou Islands. It’s practically Michigan’s own Mount Rushmore, If you’re into beautiful natural landmarks, this is the place for you.
(Photo via Stacy Nicole Facebook)
Cass lake 
 Driving distance from Detroit: 33 miles, 51 minutes 
180 acres of clear water, makes this spot the perfect destination for fishing. The family-friendly area has a relaxing beach area, convenient boat launch and delicious concessions. Plus, it’s super close, and can easily transition into a romantic day trip!
(photo via Amber Sykes Facebook)
Cass lake
 Driving distance from Detroit: 33 miles, 51 minutes
180 acres of clear water, makes this spot the perfect destination for fishing. The family-friendly area has a relaxing beach area, convenient boat launch and delicious concessions. Plus, it’s super close, and can easily transition into a romantic day trip!
(photo via Amber Sykes Facebook)
Elk Lake
 Driving distance from Detroit: 248 miles, 3 hours 59 minutes
A fun place to enjoy fishing, golfing and hiking. The three hour drive makes this place awsome for a quick summer road trip. Also offers affordable lodging options, if you’re looking for a weekend getaway right here in Michigan.
(photo via koener camera systems Facebook)
Elk Lake
 Driving distance from Detroit: 248 miles, 3 hours 59 minutes
A fun place to enjoy fishing, golfing and hiking. The three hour drive makes this place awsome for a quick summer road trip. Also offers affordable lodging options, if you’re looking for a weekend getaway right here in Michigan.
(photo via koener camera systems Facebook)
Glen Lake
 Driving distance from Detroit: 268 miles, 4 hours 21 minutes
Also located within Leelanau county, this lake prides itself in being one of the most pristine and secluded places in America. Just Imagine yourself, fully relaxed and meditating along this gorgeous river melting all the stress away.
(photo via Glen Lake Facebook Page)
Glen Lake
 Driving distance from Detroit: 268 miles, 4 hours 21 minutes
Also located within Leelanau county, this lake prides itself in being one of the most pristine and secluded places in America. Just Imagine yourself, fully relaxed and meditating along this gorgeous river melting all the stress away.
(photo via Glen Lake Facebook Page)
 Crystal Lake
  Driving distance from Detroit 258 miles 4 hours 8 minutes 
The next time you’re visiting Traverse city, consider making a quick stop at this beautiful lake. It’s also adjacent to the amazing sleeping bear dunes, and it’s definitely on our list of Michigan sites to see!
(photo via Crystal Lake Facebook)
Crystal Lake
  Driving distance from Detroit 258 miles 4 hours 8 minutes
The next time you’re visiting Traverse city, consider making a quick stop at this beautiful lake. It’s also adjacent to the amazing sleeping bear dunes, and it’s definitely on our list of Michigan sites to see!
(photo via Crystal Lake Facebook)
Gun Lake
Driving distance from Detroit: 142 miles, 2 hours 33 minutes
The perfect west Michigan getaway, this all-sports lake has water-skiing, tubing, sailing and much more! The lake offers affordable lodging areas, so whether you want to explore the lake for a weekend or a week this lake has plenty to offer!!
(photo via Gun Lake Michigan Facebook Page)
Gun Lake
Driving distance from Detroit: 142 miles, 2 hours 33 minutes
The perfect west Michigan getaway, this all-sports lake has water-skiing, tubing, sailing and much more! The lake offers affordable lodging areas, so whether you want to explore the lake for a weekend or a week this lake has plenty to offer!!
(photo via Gun Lake Michigan Facebook Page)