The Keweenaw’s largest and deepest inland lake along the, Gratiot Lake covers 1400 acres and stretches over 3 miles along the foothills near Mt. Horace Greeley. The lake serves as the headwaters for the Little Gratiot River, which flows from here eastward towards Lac La Belle. From the lake can be seen a sweeping vista along the high ridges of the Keweenaw’s spine as they spread out to the east. To the south the lake meets up with the lowlands along the peninsula’s eastern shore.
Public access to the lake can be found on its northern shore, in the form of a small DNR boat launch. While the majority of the lake shore is privately owned, a large section of its southern shore is open to the public as part of the Gratiot Lake Conservancy. With an average depth of 30 feet, the lake is home to Northern Pike, Perch, Tiger Muskie and Walleye.
NOTES: Access to the boat launch is from a paved road on the lakes northern side. Plenty of parking is provided.
DIRECTIONS: From Phoenix, head north along US41 for 4.2 miles until arriving at Central. Turn right onto Gratiot Lake Road and follow the road an additional 4.5 miles down the hill. After the hill turn left onto East Gratiot Road and follow it along the lake for a final mile. The boat launch will be on the right.