Are you on the lookout for a calm, relaxing, and decidedly uncrowded destination here in the Great Lakes State? There’s plenty to be said for our more popular waterfront areas, from state parks along Lake Michigan to the Detroit Riverwalk – but nothing beats a more remote, peaceful experience. If you’re ready to embark on an adventure to quite possibly the most remote lake in Michigan, read on.

While it is hard to say if Avery Lake is the most remote lake in Michigan, it is certainly serene and beautiful. A day spent on this beautiful lake, or camping at the Avery Lake State Forest Campground is a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

For further details about one of the most remote lakes in Michigan and its accompanying campground, check out the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website. Have you and your family spent a few nights making memories here? Share your experiences with us by leaving a comment or recommend another charming natural destination in Michigan by completing our nomination form.

Ready to get out and explore even more? You’ll want to read about this calming lakeside trail in Michigan.

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What are some remote Michigan lakes?

Michigan has well over 11,000 lakes so there are thousands of remote lakes that don't get a lot of attention other than from those in the know. Here are a few remote Michigan lakes to enjoy without large crowds:

  • Big Bear Lake, Charlton Township, MI: This beautiful little lake in Northern Michigan is surrounded by a wild rustic camping area that provides a peaceful getaway for a summer weekend. The lake itself has a nice sandy bottom which is great for swimming. Bring your kayak, and a fishing pole, and spend a lazy morning enjoying the sights and sounds of a remote Michigan lake.
  • Craig Lake, Champion, MI: Craig Lake State Park is a remote state park that has several wonderful lakes that offer pristine nature experiences. Craig Lake and Crooked Lake are two of the biggest in this lovely state park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
  • Sand Lake, Sand Lake, MI: The only public access to this remote 240-acre lake is through the Sand Lake Recreation Area. You'll find a picnic area and swimming beach where you can enjoy this clean sandy-bottom lake.
  • Lost Lake, Clare County, MI: Ludington State Park is a lovely remote state park with plenty of hiking, fishing, camping, and exploring. Along the way, you'll discover its biggest lake, Hamlin Lake, but if you do some searching Lost Lake is a hidden gem that is simply beautiful. With boardwalk trails around this scenic region is a hiker and lake lover's paradise.
  • Marble Lake, Quincy, MI: Another very peaceful quiet lake that offers a lake experience without busy crowds. Perfect for fishing, kayaking, swimming, and small boats. Look for the Cottonwood Resort for cottage-sale camping cabins and a nice private beach.

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