Area Lake Information
Irish Hills Lake Information
All Sport Lakes
The largest private all sport lake in the Irish Hills with 840 acres. Featuring 13 miles of shoreline and 3.5 miles in length this lake is mostly sandy with many inlets and canals. 16 private parks around the lake with many featuring boat launches, playgrounds and bathroom facilities. At the center of the lake is an island surrounded by shallow sandy bottom used largly for socializing among Lake Columbia residents. Lake Columbia is overseen by an association that coordinates and oversees several events and activities around the lake throughout the year including a weekend long Fourth of July celebration featuring a large fireworks display and boat parade. The association also is responsible for fish stocking (primarily Small Mouth Bass and Walleye) and sponsors one of the largest fishing tournaments in the area with cash prizes. Lake Columbia is a man made lake that was spawned in the late 50’s and became a lake in 1962 with approximately 3000 lakefront lots and roughly the same amount of access lots. The lake is fed by Goose Creek on the south end and retained by the 70 tall dam at the north end. Lake Columbia is located close to Brooklyn the economic center of the Irish Hills.
DEVILS LAKE/ROUND LAKE:
Devils Lake is a public lake and at 1320 acres is the largest and deepest lake overall in the Irish Hills. Mostly sandy bottom and spring fed, Devils Lake is steeped in history with local lore going back centuries and includes the story of the Indian princess who was lost forever to the ‘Devil in the lake’. On the south end of the lake is the Devils Lake Yacht Club started in the 19th Century and is still operating today. Manitou Beach is the small town on the south end of the lake featuring local restaurants and shopping. Currently a group of investors are working to re-open a development of restaurant/shopping/marina a rea on the west side of the southern part of the lake (formerly Sun and Snow Marina)
Next largest man made lake in the Irish Hills at 660 acres, Loch Erin began development in the 1970s. Homes around Loch Erin tend to be somewhat newer and many have been built in the past 20 years. It is a shallower lake with clay bottom and features areas of different topography from large level lots to some wooded up north feeling lots. The Loch Erin Property Association offers limited docking at many of the association parks for off water association home owners. There is an active water skiing club on the lake with a professionally designed slalom course.
Considered by some one of the more desirable lakes in the area, Clark is a public lake with a rich history. Located in the more northern area of the Irish Hills, Clark is one of the few lakes that offers lakefront restaurants and a Marina. At 580 acres and just over 2 miles from end to end it is a fairly large lake with many sandy areas. It is also a very active lake with many events and festivals throughout the Summer including Raft-O-Rama, The Crab Races, Clark Lake 5 k, Polar Bear Plunge in the Winter and much more.
Lake LeAnn is a private all sports lake on the western end of the Irish Hills of Michigan. A total of 400 acres, Lake LeAnn is actually 2 lakes of approximately 200 acres each. And each has it’s own personality. North Lake LeAnn offers a more up-north feel with mature oak, maple and evergreen trees around most of it. South Lake LeAnn is more open with a picturesque island in the middle and sand bars for socializing. Lake LeAnn is a man made lake development has an association and was first developed in the 1960’s. The association provides services to the membership in the form of Independence Day fireworks, maintenance of the several association parks, stocking the lake with fish and more. Lakefront home values here range from a low of the $200’s to a half million or more. Lake access homes run about half that and there are some association docking for those home owners.