Watersmeet, Michigan has it all! Located just over the Wisconsin border in Michigan’s picturesque Upper Peninsula, Watersmeet is an easy drive from most Midwest cities. Lying in the Ottawa National Forest and boasting 302 lakes and 241 miles of trout streams, it’s no wonder that Watersmeet is a fisherman’s paradise.
Our famous Cisco Chain has 271 miles of shoreline and fifteen beautiful interconnected lakes. It is one of the largest inland chain of lakes in the world and yet so unique, since there are still lakes on the chain with no homes.
You will see countless majestic eagles and loon families on your tour of the chain. The haunting sounds of the loons will take you back to simpler times. The Cisco Chain with its varied topography, many islands, and wooded shorelines will provide a fantastic variety of fishing. From muskies to walleyes, bass to northern pike, cisco to lake trout, and all kinds of panfish, the chain can fulfill the fishing wants of every fisherman. A silver musky caught on Thousand Island Lake here in 1980 still holds the state record. Accommodations on the Cisco Chain range from northwoods cabins to deluxe resort cottages and private vacation homes.
Lac Vieux Desert, headwaters of the Wisconsin River, is a beautiful 4200-acre boundary lake nestled in both the Ottawa and Nicolet National Forests. Bordering Michigan and Wisconsin, Lac Vieux Desert produced the world record tiger musky. A fishing trip here will offer fishermen the opportunity to catch musky, walleye, bass, northern pike, and all species of panfish. From campgrounds to resort cabins to deluxe homes at an American-plan resort, accommodations are available to fill all your needs.
Sylvania Recreation and Wilderness Area is comprised of 18,000 acres of virgin woodlands and 36 spectacular sand-lined lakes. Special fishing regulations pertain to this historic untouched area that once was the hunting and fishing haven for President Eisenhower, Bob Hope, Arthur Godfrey, and many of the rich and famous.
Maintained by the Forest Service, the Sylvania Tract has campgrounds, hiking trails, a clean and clear beach and picnic area, and unique fishing and hunting opportunities to experience for families and sportsmen alike. Canoe, kayak, camp, hunt, fish, cross-country ski…you’ll enjoy it all here in Sylvania.
Miles of trout streams will keep fly fishermen happy as they pursue the best-eating brook trout anywhere. Explore some of the smaller lakes, rediscover that lake that you visited as a child or find the one that grandpa told you about, you’re sure to have a wonderful time fishing in Watersmeet.
Come for early spring fishing when the northwoods is waking up and the fish are hungry after a long winter. Bring the family and let them enjoy the waters, the wildlife, and the woods in the summer. Return in the fall when Mother Nature turns our great northwoods into a rainbow of colors, and fishing is at it’s best. And enjoy ice fishing, snowmobiling, and skiing in the winter here where the snows are the whitest, the skies are the clearest, and the people are the friendliest. It’s time to make some memories, and we hope you’ll make them here in Watersmeet!
Located in the Ottawa National Forest, on he famous Cisco Chain of Lakes, Watersmeet offers world-class fishing for walleye, northern, silver and tiger musky, small-mouth and large-mouth bass, trout, bluegill, perch and crappie. Thousand Island Lake, one of the fifteen lakes in the Cisco Chain, holds the state record for largest silver musky, while another area lake, Lac Vieux Desert, produced the world-record Tiger Musky.
The nearby Sylvania Wilderness Area offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a peaceful day on the waters without the distraction of motorized boat traffic, while area rivers provide great fly-fishing for rainbow trout, brook trout, steelhead, salmon, largemouth, smallmouth, and walleye. And the fishing doesn’t stop when the lakes freeze over – the Watersmeet area has some of the best ice fishing you’ll find, anywhere.
The abundant wildlife in the forests around Watersmeet make it a top destination for hunters and nature-watchers, as well as fishermen. Enjoy swimming and waterskiing in area lakes during the summertime, marvel at the incredible colors in the fall, and experience snowmobiling and skiing (cross-country and downhill) unmatched in the Midwest during the winter months. Watersmeet connects to a vast. nationwide trail system that bicyclists, snowmobilers, ATV, and horseback riders alike will appreciate, providing endless riding opportunities and spectacular scenery, including dozens of gorgeous waterfalls.
Accommodations range from rustic resorts to luxurious rental condos, economic motels, and a variety of campgrounds and RV parks. The town of Watersmeet offers a variety of excellent restaurants, from hot dog stands to pubs to supper clubs, and stores selling all the sporting provisions and other necessities you’ll need. If you’re looking for a change of pace, spend a day at the golf course or a night at the local Indian casino. Watersmeet is more than a world-class fishing spot – it’s a fantastic vacation getaway for the entire family.
Bodies of Water: Cisco Chain of Lakes, Clark, Crooked, Long Lake, Lac Vieux Desert