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Orchard Lake Livingston County MI

 These are our local Oakland County Lakes that have DNR access ramps or public access points.  We call these public lakes because the public can get on the lake.  Some lake home buyers do not like public lakes simply because there are more boats on the lake.  That is very true.  A private lake does not allow any "Joe" public person to put a boat on the lake.  So there are only going to be the property owners boats on private lakes.

However, the assumption that public lakes have huge numbers of boats on the lake is false.  At all Michigan DNR access points there is a limited number of trailer parking spots.  So once the lot fills up the Michigan DNR employee will not let anymore boats launched onto the lake until a parking spot and the boat comes off the lake.  That is how they control how many "public" boats can be on the lake. 

Oakland County boasts of having more lakes than any other county in Michigan with more than 1,400 lakes and numerous streams stemming from its six major watersheds. One of the best ways to experience the county’s rich water resources is by fishing. Relax, wait to see what is living underneath the surface. There are many diverse places for anglers to toss a line into the water and try their luck.

Seventy-four public access points are listed on this page. The benefits of fishing are many including time near the water, seeing wildlife, experiencing the outdoors, and learning to appreciate Oakland County’s rich natural heritage – better yet – you might catch a meal.

This list below shows public access points in Oakland County.  These are spots you can access the lakes. Not all of these public access point have a DNR Launch.  I have starred the ones that I know have a DNR Launch on.

Oakland County Lake rules and regulations

 Silver Lake

        Hartwig Lake        Pontiac Lake*
Big Lake*       Heron Lake       Prince Lake
Big Seven Lake       Kent Lake       Proud Lake (Lower)
Bulh Lake       Lake Orion*       Proud Lake (Upper)
Carpenter Lake       Lake Sixteen       Schoolhouse Lake
Cass Lake*       Lakeville Lake       Silver Lake
Cedar Island Lake*        Little Lake       Silver Lake (Upper)
Chamberlain Lake       Long Lake (Commerce)*       Spring Lake
Clear Lake       Long Lake (Oxford)       Squaw Lake
Cooley Lake*       Loon Lake*       Stewart Lake
Crescent Lake*       Lotus Lake*       Stoney Creek
Crooked Lake       Lower Pettibone Lake       Sylvan Lake*
Crotched Lake       Lower Trout Lake       Tan Lake
Crystal Lake (Holly)       Maceday Lake*       Teeple Lake
Crystal Lake (Pontiac)       Mickelson Lake       Tipsico Lake*
Davisburg Lake       Middle Straits Lake       Union Lake*
Deer Lake       Milford Millpond       Valley Lake
Dickinson Lake       Mohawk Lake       White Lake*
Galloway Lake       Moore Lake       Wildwood Lake
Graham Lake East       Moss Lake       Wolverine Lake*
Graham Lake West       Orchard Lake*       Woodhull Lake
Grass Lake       Otter Lake       Wormer Lake
Hart Lake       Pickerel Lake  



Deer Lake Clarkston MI   

Here is a complete map of DNR access points in Michigan.  Some of these lakes are accessible because you can get on a differerent lake via DNR access ramp.  For example you can get on Woodhull Lake because there is a Lake Oakland DNR access ramp.  Another one is from Loon Lake DNR access ramp you can get to Schoolhouse Lake, Wormer Lake, and Mohawk Lake.

I hope this list of DNR access points and public access points gets you on one of our local lakes soon.  Have a great day.  If you ever considering buying a Lake home in Oakland County feel free to call me on my cell at (248) 310-6239 or email me at

Middle Straits Lake




White Lake


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