In an area characterized by the lakes, home of more than 100 freshwater lakes, it’s easy to be social and distanced…naturally in Michigan’s Coldwater Country. Located in South Central Michigan, Coldwater Country offers endless opportunities for anglers to get out on the water. One of the unique experiences in the area is the ability to travel from one lake to another through the chain of lakes. The area is home to not only one chain of lakes but two – North Chain of Lakes and South Chain of Lakes.

The North Chain of Lakes, also known as the Randall Chain of Lakes, is a series of seven lakes including Messenger, South, Cemetery, North, Randall, Morrison, and Craig lakes. Located near the city of Coldwater, in the middle of the county, the North Chain of Lakes collectively covers approximately 1,100 acres. This chain of lakes is largely known for bluegill, crappie, and largemouth bass with some panfish as well.

The South Chain of Lakes, also known as the Marble or Coldwater Chain of Lakes, runs parallel to I-69 south of the US-12 Heritage Route and includes eight lakes – First Lake, Marble Lake, Middle Lake, Archer Laker, Bartholomew Lake, Mud Lake, Long Lake, and Coldwater Lake. With 16 boatable miles of lakes, it covers more than 3,500 acres of widely varying habitat and environments. The largemouth bass is abundant in this chain as well.

For the best action, a boat is recommended. Boats, canoes, and kayaks are available for rent locally.

Try your hand at shore fishing at Coldwater Country’s Marble Lake for the best catch of bluegills and largemouth bass.

After a day on the lake, enjoy some downtime followed by a mouth-watering meal at one of Coldwater Country’s locally owned diners, restaurants, or pubs. Whether looking for a quick bite to eat, a unique dining destination, or a gourmet dinner, visitors will find it in Coldwater Country. 

Spend a day, weekend, or more fishing the lakes of Coldwater Country and find out why Coldwater Country sells more fishing licenses than any other area of the state. For additional information visit

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