Little Glen Lake Picnic Area

A bright white full moon in a violet sky reflects in violet water as it rises.
Moon rise over Alligator Hill and Little Glen Lake.

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Quick Facts

Beach/Water Access, Parking - Auto, Picnic Table, Restroom, Toilet - Vault/Composting

Cool off after the Dune Climb or have a picnic lunch at this inviting, grassy site on one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The picnic area, across M-109 from the Dune Climb, on Little Glen Lake is a great spot to launch a kayak, canoe, or SUP to float on strikingly blue water that rivals the Caribbean. The beach at the picnic area is mostly grass, and the sand is a tad rocky, but it's perfect for a wade into Little Glen.

The lake is also a fantastic place to fish. There are abundant populations of yellow perch, smallmouth bass, and northern pike along with both brown trout and lake trout.

The mill pond across M-109 from the picnic area is an active lake, bigger than it first appears. You can see a beaver lodge on the lake, but don't try to walk in there. You can sink up to your hip in the marshy area surrounding it. A great place to watch birds, this lake always seems to produce interesting and varied sightings: herons and egrets live here most of the summer.

Paddle safe
Before going out for a paddle, check the weather. Have a boating plan and make sure others know it. Always wear safety gear, including personal flotation devices. Buddy up, don't go out alone. Check your boat and make sure it is safe for conditions. And always keep the shoreline in sight.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Last updated: November 7, 2021