Trout Lake, Michigan

Big & Little Trout Lakes, Frenchman’s Lake, and Wegwas Lakes

The Ozark area and village of Trout Lake

Just a 30 minute drive northwest of the Mackinac Bridge. An area full of lakes, forests and great places of discovery.  A quiet and more laid back way of life.  Hidden behind the trees are spectacular lakes and streams, endless trails, hiking and recreational, as well as great hunting.

Trout Lake, local in lumbering history, also has been famous as a popular “Snowmobile Destination”. The direct snowmobile/4 wheel trail comes in from the St. Ignace and Mackinac Bridge area and runs through the entire Upper Peninsula, up into Canada, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Groomed and maintained by various local snowmobile clubs and organizations, this trail is enjoyed by many year-round. It’s a great area that’s adjacent to thousands of acres of Hiawatha Federal Forest. Hiking, camping, bird watching and just all around getting in touch with nature is there for the asking.

Visit the famous Tahquamenon Falls, the Shipwreck Museum, Lake Superior and Paradise and Whitefish Point area, just a 30 minute drive northeast. Head west and find Newberry, also a great snowmobile area. The Newberry Golf Club has a newly added nine holes to become a great little 18-hole course. Check with the Chamber of Commerce in St. Ignace or Newberry or one of the local pubs for more information on the area.

Big Trout Lake

Also referred to as (Carp Lake) but always knows as the Lake with the Trout so that’s the common usage of name now.-A few statistics: Consisting of 560 acres, depths range to 40 feet. The city park is located at the north end of the lake. An all-sports lake where fishing, water skiing, pontooning and all water sports are ongoing. The Birchshores Subdivision is located on the south side of the lake, an area consisting of a wildlife preserve in the middle dotted by home sites on the perimeter. Birchshores consists of Big Trout Lake, Little Trout Lake and Frenchman’s Lake. Association fees for property owners are under $100 per year and cover the cost of having the road maintained.

Wegwas Lake

A small private lake  (150 acres)  where jet skis and power boats have no home. Only trolling motors are allowed. A separate subdivision called the “Wegwas Subdivision” is in place. Just 1 miles south of Big Trout Lake and accessed by the same drive off M-123. A gated community consisting of  34 lots, all 200 ft. of frontage, approximately 16 existing homes and cottages, 6 of which are year-round. A pristine and quiet area with a small maintained road surrounding the  lake. The north part of the Wegwas area also abuts Frenchman’s Lake and there are some lots and home sites that have direct access to Frenchman’s Lake but are still a part of the Wegwas Association. Loons eagles, deer and much wildlife can be viewed on a daily basis.  Frenchmans does allow regular motors.  The whole ideal of the Wegwas Lake Club is embodied in conservation, maintenance, and perpetuation of all natural elements, woods and waters, as they presently exist….to preserve for the future, one spot of natural beauty.  The “wilderness” idea is that man merely visits and looks on, but does nothing to change it.  Of historic significance with the story of Phil DeGraff, settler, marked at entry to lake.

Little Trout Lake

Also a private lake (all sports) but quite shallow. Some spots of 20 feet may be found however passage into Big Trout Lake is limited to high water level times. Only one home is currently located on the Birchshores side of the lake.Home of loons, eagles and thousands of varieties of birds and animals. Also abutting the nature preserve area. Several lots are now available on this lake. Great spot for nature lovers who want Peace and Quiet.

Frenchman’s Lake

Also part of the Birchshores Subdivision to the west, a small fishing lake that connects to a river running up to Big Trout Lake. Public lake access is located at the entrance to the lakes near M-123 as is a small family resort with swimming beach area. The very south side of Frenchman’s Lake is also part of the Wegwas Association and accessed through the private road. The popular camping park and ball field as well as many private properties and several small resorts are located on the north side of the lake.


Area Restaurants include Toby’s Buckhorn Inn, McGowan’s and Trout Lake Inn. A small IGA grocery store, a gas stations and convienece stores are located in or near the downtown area. Todd’s Tavern is located about 10 miles south in the village of Moran.

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Trout Lake Township, Michigan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Trout Lake Township is a civil township of Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 465 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 143.6 square miles (372.0 km²), of which, 141.7 square miles (367.0 km²) of it is land and 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²) of it (1.34%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 465 people, 212 households, and 143 families residing in the township. The population density was 3.3 per square mile (1.3/km²). There were 479 housing units at an average density of 3.4 per square mile (1.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 91.83% White, 5.59% Native American, and 2.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.22% of the population.

There were 212 households out of which 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.65.

In the township the population was spread out with 17.8% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 31.0% from 45 to 64, and 24.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $28,571, and the median income for a family was $35,536. Males had a median income of $28,500 versus $16,923 for females. The per capita income for the township was $15,221. About 9.8% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.



Trout Lake Township, Michigan

Trout Lake Township, Michigan

Location within the state of Michigan









Coordinates: 46°11′55″N 84°57′47″WCoordinates: 46°11′55″N 84°57′47″W
Country United States
State Michigan
County Chippewa
• Total 143.6 sq mi (372.0 km2)
• Land 141.7 sq mi (367.0 km2)
• Water 1.9 sq mi (5.0 km2)
Elevation 827 ft (252 m)
Population (2000)
• Total 465
• Density 3.3/sq mi (1.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
• Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49793
Area code(s) 906
FIPS code 26-80600[1]
GNIS feature ID 1627173[2]

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