Lake Margrethe

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Lake Margrethe
Location Crawford County, Michigan
Coordinates 44°39.09′N 84°47.33′W / 44.65150°N 84.78883°W / 44.65150; -84.78883Coordinates: 44°39.09′N 84°47.33′W / 44.65150°N 84.78883°W / 44.65150; -84.78883
Primary outflows Portage Creek
Basin countries United States
Surface area 1,920 acres (780 ha)
Average depth 36 ft (11 m)
Max. depth 65 ft (20 m)[1]
Surface elevation 1,135 ft (346 m)[2]

Lake Margrethe is near Grayling in Crawford County, Michigan. Its area is 1,920 acres (780 ha). It was formerly known as Portage Lake. Fish species include: rock bass, yellow perch, bluegill, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, tiger muskie, and walleye.[1][3]

  • Portions of the Lake are within Camp Grayling. It is a favorite fishing and recreation lake for soldiers in their off-duty hours.
  • There is also Lake Margrethe State Forest campground.[4] This provides access for use by area residents, campers and tourists, who access the lake from the state forest campground located at the its northwest corner.[5]
  • Lake Margrethe was renamed after the wife of lumber baron Rasmus Hanson (1846-1927). Mr. Hanson also founded the Grayling Fish Hatchery in 1914,[6] and contributed real estate in three counties to the State of Michigan for military training, now known as Camp Grayling. Most of the lake is relatively shallow, especially the northern-most parts of the lake, those closest to M-72 Highway. The western bay has areas that exceed 40 feet, and the southern bay has a maximum depth of around 65 feet in a single small hole.[1] Lake Margrethe is well known for its fishing.

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