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861 W. US 10
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at Hoags Lake

Hoags Lake

Hoags Lake

This is a small, 339-acre, lake with mostly private shoreline, but the northern edge is owned by the Manistee National Forest.

Boat Launch- dirt ramp, parking for 4 or 5 vehicles with trailers

Fishing- bluegill, largemouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch

Picnicking- picnic tables and grills

Wildlife Watching- there is a wet meadow just north of the lake with unusual plants and probably interesting birds in the spring

Swimming- sandy beach on small inland lake

Handicap Accessibility- latrine is accessible but you must cross natural surface to get there

Rest Rooms- latrine
Potable Water- none

Access- sand Forest Road 5540 off paved Hoague Road at corner with Rybicki Road.
Restrictions- no camping, no glass on beach, no fireworks, note that Forest boundary is very near- be careful to not trespass on private land. A Recreation Fee sticker is required. (self-pay tubes are available for daily passes, yearly passes may be purchased at a Ranger Station).
Manistee National Forest Recreation Fees
Seasonality- road may not be plowed in winter
Ecosystem- wooded sandy beach at the edge on inland lake, wet meadow nearby
most recent date this info personally checked- May 2018
Additional Facilities- none
Maintained by- Huron-Manistee National Forest , call 231-723-2211
More- Michigan DNR Mason County Lakes
In lieu of the Forest Service parking fee, Interagency passes are also accepted. Display on your dashboard when you park.
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Comment by David Roskoski, July 31, 2007. Hello, I spent an afternoon at Hoague Lake (I don't know why they changed the spelling) on July 19, 2007 with a friend who wanted to go kayaking on her birthday. It was a very windy day, and since we had no one to drop us off or pick us up from a nearby river, I decided to go to Hoague Lake. I spent many summer days there in my childhood especially when Lake Michigan was too cold in the late spring and the late summer or early fall. It was mostly just like I remembered it, and we had a wonderful time taking turns in my friends kayak paddling around the lake and skin diving. No one else was there which surprised me since it was a very popular spot in the 1970's and the 1980's. I moved away for ten years in 1985 and have not been there much since that time. Perhaps the fee is what keeps people away. I know for myself and my friend it was three dollars well spent.

[Counties] Lake County Manistee County Mason County Oceana County

From US 31, turn east on Hoague Road (13.5 miles north of Scottville, or about 6 miles south of Manistee). Go 4 miles, and turn right (south) on a dirt Forest Road, clearly marked to Hoags Lake. The lake is reached in just 0.2 mile.


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