Loon Lake Access

Floating dock with attached kayak launch with metal rails
Accessibile kaya launch

NPS credit

Quick Facts

Beach/Water Access, Benches/Seating, Canoe/Kayak/Small Boat Launch, Dock/Pier, Parking - Auto, Parking - Boat Trailer, Picnic Table, Restroom - Accessible, Trash/Litter Receptacles, Wheelchair Accessible

Loon Lake is a big, sandy-bottom lake with an accessible canoe/kayak launch system where boaters can board, launch and disembark from a watercraft safely and easily. The ADA-compliant, floating dock system includes an accessible transfer system along with an accessible canoe/kayak launch system.

There is no beach but you can wade out near the boat ramp. The lake bottom is firm and sandy. From the shore or the accessible dock next to the boat ramp, watch a parade of canoes, kayaks, and tubes crossing the northern tip of the lake as they float down the Platte River. You may also spy a muskrat, otter, or a fox!

Loon Lake is good for fishing and is one of the few lakes in the Lakeshore where motorboats are allowed at slow, no-wake speeds. The boat ramp has drive-in trailer access. For ice fishing, powered ice augers require a permit.
Listen to water lapping the shore from the picnic shelter that sits on top of a grassy knoll.

A great place to take the family for fishing, boating, swimming, and picnicking-be sure to listen for loon calls.

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.

Clean Your Boats
Please clean, drain, and dry your boat after you leave any body of water, especially Lake Michigan, to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. This is especially important for our inland lakes.

For more information on aquatic invasive species and their impacts to lakes, streams, and how we recreate please visit the following websites:

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Last updated: June 28, 2023