Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Due to mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts, some visitor services in this park have changed. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. More »
Some restrooms and trash cans not available until Memorial Day
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Other than those at the visitor center and campgrounds, restrooms and trash cans will not be available until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. This includes the Manitou Islands. More »
Platte Plains Area Lakes
Terry Phipps 2005
Joy A. Blair 2006
Deer Lake is a small lake connected to Bass Lake by a shallow channel. You used to be able to paddle to Deer Lake from Bass Lake, but beaver have built a lodge between the two lakes and you now have to portage around it. The beaver activity seems to have raised the water level of Deer Lake as well, killing many of the shoreline trees. Deer Lake is a nature lake with a wild feeling to it. You can sometimes see otter playing in the lake or around the edges.
It is possible to hike in to Deer Lake by taking a two-track from Trails End shortly before you get to Bass Lake. You will see the result of extensive beaver activity as you get close to the lake.
The content of this page is based on an article by Jane Greiner published in the Glen Arbor Sun on June 29, 2006.
Did You Know?
Sleeping Bear Dunes includes two large islands in Lake Michigan - North and South Manitou Islands. Take a day trip to South Manitou Island and explore the island village and lighthouse or take a motor tour of the farming district. If you go to North Manitou Island, plan to camp overnight! More...