Photo by Todd and Brad Reed

Hamlin Lake is located 4 miles north of Ludington, Michigan.

This man-made lake was formed during the logging era when lumbermen built a dam on the Big Sable River. This dam created an enormous holding pond for trees which had been felled upstream.

Today, the lake is a favorite vacation destination, with a wide assortment of resorts, cottages, and home rentals offering a great place to stay on your getaway! You’ll enjoy a fun, budget-friendly vacation, popular as a huge family playground for swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, exploring beaches, and climbing sand dunes!

At more than 12 miles long and 5,000 acres large, there’s plenty of  water for everyone to share without feeling crowded.

Hamlin Lake touches the Manistee National Forest on the north, towering dunes in the west and miles of undeveloped wilderness all around. The eastern shoreline of Hamlin Lake is filled with family-friendly resorts and cottages…many with marinas where you can launch your boat or rent one for the day.

Fishing is great whether you fish the bayous or head for deeper waters. Try catching Tiger muskie, northern pike, large and small mouth bass, perch, crappie, bluegill and walleye–a variety that promises a superb fishing experience. The fishing doesn’t cool down in winter either. Tip-ups and shanties dot the ice as fishermen pull in delicious panfish and walleye.

Stay Around Hamlin Lake

If your idea of the perfect vacation is on the lake, Hamlin Lake is the perfect place for you. There are a variety of friendly resorts along the lake, private cottage rentals also provide a more intimate lodging experience. There are also clean and comfortable campgrounds for those who prefer to pitch a tent or park their big rig RV’s.

Play Around Hamlin Lake

There’s boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking and so much more to keep you entertained while you’re in the Hamlin Lake area! Put your boat in the water at one of Hamlin Lake’s launches, or rent a boat and motor from a local marina, then explore Hamlin Lake’s beautiful shoreline from the water. Park your boat at the sand dunes for sunning and swimming on Hamlin’s northern beach or pull in at shore at the Ludington State Park for a picnic lunch and a leisurely hike on one of the marked trails. You land lovers might rather enjoy local live music and shows or play a round of mini golf. Boredom is never a problem around Hamlin Lake!

Plan your Hamlin Lake vacation today!