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Portage Lake

Houghton County - Michigan
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Portage Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan. It is situated in Houghton County, approximately 10 miles (16 km) northwest of the city of Houghton.

The lake covers an area of approximately 9,640 acres (39 square km) and has a maximum depth of 50 feet (15 m). It is a popular destination for boating, fishing, and swimming, as well as other water-based recreational activities. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including lake trout, walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass.

There are several public access points around the lake, including boat launches and beaches. Additionally, there are several marinas and resorts on the lake that offer boat rentals, fishing charters, and other amenities.

The area around Portage Lake is known for its natural beauty, with dense forests, rolling hills, and scenic vistas. There are several hiking and biking trails in the area, as well as opportunities for hunting, camping, and wildlife viewing.

In the winter, the lake attracts ice fishermen and snowmobilers, and there are several nearby ski resorts and other winter recreational activities in the surrounding area.

Overall, Portage Lake is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and families in Michigan, offering a wide range of activities and amenities year-round. It is also located in close proximity to other popular attractions in the Keweenaw Peninsula, such as Michigan Technological University and the historic Quincy Mine.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Portage Lake, MI


How big is Portage Lake?
Portage Lake is approximately 9,640 sq acres (39.0 sq km) in size.

How deep is Portage Lake?
Portage Lake is approximately 50 feet (15.3 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Portage Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Lake Sturgeon, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch in Portage Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Splake and Sunfish.



Are there places to stay in the Portage Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Portage Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there places to eat and drink near Portage Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

Explore the Portage Lake area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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What is the average air temp for Portage Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Portage Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 71°F (21°C) to a low around 50°F (10°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Portage Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Portage Lake.

For more Michigan State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Portage Lake Reviews
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paul s.
5 star rating
Awesome lake some of the biggest fish in the entire state, Walleyes, Smallmouth Bass and Northern's something is always biting and they are likely to be big.
Reviewed May 27, 2014
jeff p.
5 star rating
great lake, abundance of fish, clean water, awesome scenery, tons of water.
Reviewed Dec 10, 2005

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