Kalkaska County is home to 3 different headwaters, or river origin points. The Boardman River, Rapid River, and Manistee River all begin in Kalkaska County. In addition to the 3 rivers within the county, there are plenty of lakes to explore as well. The Conservation District is dedicated to conserving these pristine waters. On an annual basis, our staff conducts surveys within the watershed to monitor for invasive species and threats to the ecosystem. This includes surveying for erosion and run-off concerns during and after large rain events.

While we would love to be everywhere at once, it is a difficult feat when there areĀ 80 lakes and 275 miles of streams and rivers to cover. If you are enjoying the natural wonders of the county and would like to share a report of the trail/water condition give us a call today! We would love to hear your report, (231) 258-3307.

There are lots of access points to recreate in these pristine waters. Below are a few good links that give more details on some of the water bodies within Kalkaska County.

(Please note, this is not an exhaustive or complete list. Some lakes have associations and their own website with current lake information. If you are a member of a lake association and would like to see your website in the list below, send a note to Renee at )


Lake and River Resources:

MDNR Fishing Lakes

MDNR Trout Trails

Michigan Interactive

Manistee Lake Association

Bear Lake Improvement Board


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