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Lake in Oakland County MILets talk about all sports lakes in Oakland County Michigan and all the other Oakland County lakes in Michigan.  If you do not know what the difference between an all sports lake and a non all sport lake let me explain.  An All sports lake is a lake that just about any boat or anything goes on.  What I mean by that is you can have a

  • a speed boat
  • a ski boat
  • a jet ski
  • a pontoon boat
  • a noisy high performance boat
  • a sail boat
  • a kayak

on the lake.

 Wolverine Lake in Oakland County MI A boat with or without a motor can be on the lake.  It can be an inboard motor or an outboard motor.  An all sports lake also defines on what can be done on the lake.   You can:   

  •  sail
  • fish
  • kayak
  • speed around the lake
  • tow tubers
  • jet ski
  • water ski
  • wakeboard
  • surf
  • slowly pontoon around the lake
  • canoe

Basically on an all sports lake you can almost do anything on the lake.  I have been told the speed limit on a lake is 55 mph.  However some all sports lakes have lower speed limits, and some have certain hours that you can operate a boat at high speed or tow people behind that boat.  Some all sports lakes are called limited all sports lakes. 

Lake Ona in White Lake Michigan

Limited all sports lakes may have rules of sizes of motors on the lake, whether they can be inboard or outboard motors, and whether jet ski are allowed.  Two local lakes that have these rules that I am aware of is Lake Angelus and Tull Lake in White Lake.

Pine Lake West Bloomfield MIAnother distinction of lakes in South Eastern Michigan are whether they are public or private lakes.  What the definition of a public lake is there access for the public to put a boat on.  Public lakes will usually have a Michigan DNR boat ramp on it. There are some lakes that also have community boat ramps.  The debate rages on whether a lake is better because it is private.  Many private lake home owners believe their lake is less busy because of  not allowing the public to put a boat on the lake. 

So let's talk more about Oakland County Lakes in Michigan.  Lakes in South eastern Michigan are not huge.  Not compared to some lakes in the US or even in the upper parts of Michigan.  The largest lake in Oakland County is Cass Lake @ 1280 acres.  The next biggest ones are down below 600 acres in size.

The majority of the lakes in Oakland County are below 300 acres in sizes.  Of course lakes come in every size from 1280 acres on down.  Some bodies of water are called lakes but in my mind they are just small ponds.  Great to look at, and watch the wildlife.  Some of these small lake/ponds are good to swim in or paddle around on too.



Here are links to 

Lakes in Addison Township Lakes in Lake Angelus Lake in Pontiac
Lakes in Bloomfield Township Lakes in Lake Orion Lakes in Rose Township
Lakes in Bloomfield Hills  Lakes in Lyon Township Lakes in South Lyon
Lakes in Brandon Township   Lakes in Springfield Township
Lakes in Clarkston Lakes in Milford Lake in Walled Lake
Lakes in Commerce MI Lakes in Novi Lakes in Waterford
Lake in Highland Lakes in Orchard Lake Lakes in West Bloomfield
Lakes in Holly Lakes in Orion Twp Lakes in White Lake MI
Lakes in Independence Township Lakes in Ortonville Lakes in Wixom
Lakes in Keego Harbor Lake in Oxford Lake in Wolverine Lake

Carroll Lake in Commerce MI

Some of our local lakes are glacial lakes that were carved out of the earth back in the ice age thousands of years ago.  Others are man made lakes.  They may have been formed by a couple of small ponds or streams that were damned up and made deeper.  There are some local lakes that were once gravel pits.  Many of these lake levels are now controlled by the state.  We have quite a few lakes in the county that are part of the Huron River system and the Clinton River system. 

Lake Orion in Oakland County MI We do not have a lot of local lakes that connect together.  There are a few small lakes that connect together, but even together most of the acreage (lake size) is below 500 acres.  There is one chain of lakes on the Clinton River.  Wormer Lake, Mohawk Lake, Schoolhouse Lake, Loon Lake, and Silver Lake.  Though all boats cannot go from one lake to the other.  You are limited by the width and height of the boat as you have to go under bridges and culverts to get from one lake to the other. 

 Just like the lakes vary in sizes so do the homes.  However do not think that just because a lake is small you are only going to find small homes on it.  I have seen some big luxury lakefront estate homes on small lakes.  Even the large lakes like Cass and White Lake have small cottages still on them.  Though they may now be used as year round homes.

If you are thinking of selling your home on the lake or buying a home on the lake it pays to go with an expert that really knows the local lakes.  I have good negotiating skills that will help you keep more money in your pocket.  So give me a call today to talk about your next move. 

Russ Ravary

Your lakes area realtor

(248) 310-6239

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