The lakes of Cass County, Michigan are only one of the many natural resources available to tourists and residents. They provide year-round recreation for boating, swimming, fishing and picnicking. Different resources put the number of lakes between 122 and over 200. Many of the smaller lakes in Cass County are private and those that are not private often prohibit motorized boats. Lakes with public access sites and launch sites managed by Michigan DNR or Cass County Parks are listed below.

Please refer to the website links at the right for additional information, especially regarding DNR watercraft regulations. The Cass County Sheriff’s Water Patrol also enforces Michigan DNR regulations. Many of Cass County’s lakes are connected with channels. Slow, “no-wake speed” policies are strictly enforced in channels and on some of the smaller lakes.

DNR maintained boat launch sites for lakes and waterways in Cass County, Michigan

  • Arthur Dodd Memorial Roadside Park provides water access to the Dowagiac Creek and the park entrance is at 61437 Creek Road, Niles, MI. Facilities include toilets and parking for 10 vehicles. – Directions
  • Belas Lake is 58 acres in size and located 2 miles NE of Vandalia, Michigan. There are no public toilets and parking spaces for 10 vehicles. Directions
  • Birch Lake is 300 acres and the Henry Sears Boat Launch (maintained by Cass County Parks Department) is located at the intersection of Birch Road and Lake Shore Drive at foot of the hill, on the south side of Birch Lake. This park offers boating access to Birch Lake with limited parking. Directions
  • Bogart Lake is 31 acres in size and located 5 miles N of Jones, Michigan. It is part of the Crane Pond S.G.A. There are 4 parking spaces for vehicles and no toilets. Directions
  • Corey Lake is 630 acres and located 2 miles north of Jones, Michigan. Corey Lake is one of the larger natural lakes in southwest Michigan. The majority of the lake lies in St. Joseph County, with only a small portion being located in eastern Cass County. The town of Three Rivers is located 5 miles due east of the lake. Residential development is heavy along the southern and eastern shores and around the western basin of Corey Lake. Much of the north shore is still in its natural state because a large portion is owned by the South Bend YMCA and home to Camp Eberhard. There is also a large wetland area. A state-owned, public access site exists at the western end with enough parking for nine vehicles with trailers. There are no public toilets. Directions
  • Chain Lake is 35 acres in size and located in Calvin Township. It is 42.00 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill and Panfish. Directions
  • Dewey Lake is 174 acres and located 2 miles SE of Sisters Lakes. There are public toilets and parking spaces for 10 vehicles. Directions
  • Diamond Lake, located about 1 mile SE of Cassopolis is the largest lake in the county. This 1,020-acre lake is 64.00 feet deep at its deepest point. There is a DNR maintained access site on the south side of the lake (Lake Street) with toilets, a launch pier and parking spaces for 60 vehicles. Access requires boaters to purchase an annual $24 launch access permit or a $6 daily permit (available at the site). Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Grass Pickerel, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish, and Walleye. Directions
  • James E. Heddon Memorial Park Mill Pond is 174 acres and located 1 mile E of Dowagiac, Michigan. There are parking spaces for 20 vehicles, but no public toilets. Directions
  • Dowagiac River launch site is located 2 miles north of Pokagon. There are no toilets, but parking for 8 vehicles. Directions
  • Donnell Lake is located 1 mile SE of Vandalia, is 246 acres in size and up to 63 feet deep. There is a small island (2 acres) on the eastern side of the lake. Development around Donnell Lake is heavy with a combination of primary residences and cottages. The only state owned property along the lake is the public access site. Presently, it has a dirt parking lot with a hard surfaced ramp. The launch site has toilets and can accommodate up to 15 vehicles with trailers. Directions
  • Driskels Lake in Jones, Michigan is 37 acres in size. There is a launch site with no pier, no toilets, but parking spaces for 10 vehicles. Directions
  • Fish Lake is 340 acres in size and located 2 miles NW of Marcellus has a boat launch site with toilets and parking for 13 vehicles, but no launch pier. Directions
  • Forked Lake is 122 acres in size and located in Newberg Township 3 miles northwest of Jones, Michigan. There are no public facilities (toilets) and parking for only 2 vehicles. Directions
  • Fox Lake is 51 acres in size and located 1 mile N of Jones, Michigan. It is part of the Crane Pond S.G.A. There is parking for 3 vehicles and no toilets. Directions
  • Harwood Lake is 122 acres and located 2 miles northeast of Jones, Michigan. There are toilets and parking for 15 vehicles. Directions
  • Hemlock Lake is 63 acres in size and located 3 miles north of Marcellus. The launch site has toilets and parking spaces for 10 vehicles. Directions
  • Juno Lake is 190 acres in size and located 4 miles east of Edwardsburg, Michigan. There is a launch pier, toilets and parking for 16 vehicles. Directions
  • Kirk Lake is 41 acres in size and located 2 miles NE of Vandalia. There are no public toilets and parking spaces for 5 vehicles. Directions
  • Long Lake is 211 acres and located 3 miles NE of Jones, Michigan. There are parking spaces for 3 vehicles, but no public toilets. Directions
  • Magician Lake is 498 acres in size and located 2 miles east of Sister Lakes. Amenities include toilets, a boat launch pier and parking for 10 vehicles. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead, Walleye and Yellow Perch. Directions
  • Paradise Lake located 2 miles south of Vandalia and is 185 acres, 56.00 feet deep at its deepest point. There are toilets and parking for 15 vehicles, but no launch pier. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Grass Pickerel, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish and Yellow Perch. DirectionsUse these instructions to find the public launch site at Paradise Lake: Tak Lake Street north off US 12. At the intersection of Washington Blvd turn left (west) for about 100′. The mini park and launch is on the north side of the road.
  • Shavehead Lake is 289 acres in size and 70.00 feet deep at its deepest point. There is a boat launch on the peninsula at West Harmon Park on West Peninsula Dr. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass and Rainbow Trout. Directions
  • Stone Lake is 148 acres and the launch site is located on M-60 in Cassopolis, Michigan. There is a launch pier, toilets and parking for 10 vehicles. Directions