Michigan is home to more than 11,000 lakes, offering countless opportunities to get on the water. With more than 100 of those lakes, including two chains of lakes, Coldwater Country has many adventures waiting to be explored. Take your boat and spend the afternoon floating and taking in the sights. Anglers will find a hot spot for reeling in the catch of the day.
The two collections of lakes, The North Chain and The South Chain of Lakes are each connected with channels and can be traveled by motorboats. The North Chain is 12 miles one way, while The South Chain is 17 miles, each offering a relaxing trip down the chain through 7 connected lakes. Both chains are rich with fish including bluegill, perch, northern pike, walleye, red ear sunfish, along with small- and large-mouth bass. With all the options it’s no wonder Branch County sells more fishing licenses than any other county in Michigan. Bring your own boat and launch off one of the many public ramps or rent a boat, available on either chain.
Notably the largest of the area lakes, Coldwater Lake, is home to an abundance of fish including
catfish, crappie, large- and small-mouth bass, northern pike, sunfish, walleye, and yellow perch. This 1,650 acre deep water lake offers its best fishing from a boat from dusk until dawn.
Try shore fishing at Coldwater Country’s Marble Lake for the best catch of bluegills and largemouth bass. Crappie, northern pike, smallmouth bass, sunfish and walleye can also be found throughout this 780 acre lake, located on the largest chain of lakes.
As the weather cools, the frozen-over lakes offer another opportunity to get outside and breather in the cold, clean air. Spend an afternoon outdoors with friends and family in the quest to catch fish or join in the festivities and contests at the Quincy Tip-Up Festival. This February weekend of family fun offers everything from fishing contests to snowmobile races, wood cutting contests, and a corn-hole tournament.
Need an incentive to drop a line this winter? Try it as part of the Free Fishing Weekend, February 16-17, 2019 (and again June 8-9, 2019). This annual weekend provides two days where no fishing license is required for residents or non-residents, although all fishing regulations still apply.
After a day on the lake, enjoy some down time 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.
So whether you’re looking for a relaxing fall fishing weekend with the guys, an ice fishing adventure, or a summer fishing getaway with the family Coldwater Country has you covered.
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Last modified: June 7, 2020