Gravel Lake (Michigan)
|Location||Van Buren County, Michigan|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||296 acres (120 ha)|
|Surface elevation||879 feet (268 m)|
Gravel Lake is a 296-acre (1.20 km2) freshwater lake in the southeast corner of Porter Township near the southern boundary of Van Buren County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The lake is located between Lawton and Marcellus. The lake is controlled and managed by a homeowners association, the Gravel Lake Association.
Located in the southwestern part of the state, the lake is spring fed and has an outlet (spillway) on Idle Ease beach which feeds Big Fish Lake and an inlet from a swamp named Strawberry Lake just behind the northern end of Idle Ease Beach.
Gravel Lake is popular for fishing in the area and the lake is well stocked with pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, bullhead and some walleye and crappie.
This lake also has a strong bond amongst its residents and many traditions take place every year. Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend host many activities, but the most popular is Fourth of July. The Gravel Lake Association sponsors The Paddle Boat Ragada, The 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk, The Boat Parade and The Kids' Games.