Grand Sable Lake in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

April 12, 2012

Grand Sable Lake

Grand Sable Lake, photo by Gary of the North

The Michigan DNR says (in part from this PDF) that Grand Sable Lake:

…is a scenic undeveloped lake located in Alger County, about 6 miles southwest of Grand Marais. The 630 acre lake lies within the boundaries of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (PRNL). The shoreline is mostly wooded with mixed hardwoods, conifers, and cedar species. Most of the surrounding soils are sandy. Sand dunes 200 ft high are located on the north end. Grand Sable Lake has a maximum depth of 85 feet, but averages around 35-40 feet. The banks drop off quite rapidly. Even so, the shoreline at the public access site on the northeast shoreline remains shallow for over 200 feet, dropping quickly into deep water…

Access to the lake before the area became part of the PRNL was from the small park on the north end. At that time, the park was managed by the village of Grand Marais. A 1949 fisheries survey documented the presence of rock bass, northern pike, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, white suckers, and minnow species. Past stocking efforts included rainbow trout, splake, smelt, smallmouth, largemouth, pike, bluegills, and lake trout.

It’s apparently 50% white suckers now – click through to read more. Also see the Grand Sable Loop at DW Hikes.

Check this out background big and check out some other views here and here. More in Gary’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore slideshow.

Much (much) more from the awesomely amazing Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Michigan in Pictures!

4 Responses to “Grand Sable Lake in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore”

  1. rtd14 Says:

    What a gorgeous picture!


  2. Absolutely stunning!! I love the colours, the reflection, and the way the shot is framed. :)

  3. D. McCormick Says:

    Gary certainly captured the magic of the lake.

  4. Barbara Spring Says:

    Reblogged this on The Dynamic Great Lakes Blog.


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