Surrounded by one-fifth of the planet’s fresh surface water, it’s no surprise Michigan is home to great boating and fantastic freshwater recreation opportunities. Easy access to these waters ensures they are available to all, with more than 1,300 public boat launches and 82 public harbors across the state.
With the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Family Friendly Fishing guide, a resource that provides family-friendly fishing locations across the state that are easy to access and have a high likelihood of catching fish, it’s the perfect time to plan a family fishing trip in Pure Michigan. Below are a few family-friendly favorite fishing destinations around the Mitten.
You must purchase a fishing license if you are 17 years of age or older to fish. If you are under 17, you may fish without a license, but you are required to observe all fishing rules and regulations. Any adult actively assisting a minor who does not have a license must have a fishing license. Please note, a license is required when targeting fish, amphibians, crustaceans and reptiles. Michigan's annual fishing license is valid from March 1 of a given year through March 31 of the following year.
Explore Michigan's waterways with our map of free kayak launches. Discover scenic spots to start your kayaking adventure, from Great Lakes to tranquil rivers. Find the perfect launch point for your next Michigan kayaking experience.
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