Manistique Lakes consist of the 1,722-acre North Manistique Lake, the 10,130-acre Big Manistique Lake, the 4,001-acre South Manistique Lake, the 1,956-acre Milakokia Lake, the 311-acre Lake Ann Louise and the 1,890-acre Millecoquins Lake. The lakes are located in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula and are created by the retreating glacier at the end of the last ice age. Their shorelines are mostly shallow and sandy, creating great swimming beaches for kids. Water skiing, pontooning, jet skiing, sailing, wind surfing, power-boating, and paddling are also very popular. Most of the lakes are fairly shallow. The deepest is North Manistique Lake at about 50 ft. While all lakes are rich in fish, they vary in the species they have, and anglers know where to go for their favorites: white sucker, walleye, sunfish, largemouth bass, rock bass, muskellunge, northern pike, yellow perch, and smallmouth bass. Most lakes have public boat ramps. The town of Curtis, located on the south end of Big Manistique Lake, hosts a number of festivals such as Oktoberfest, Curtis Winter Carnival, Art on The Lake, and a spectacular Fourth of July celebration with extravagant fireworks over the lake.
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