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    • Counties: Clare County
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    About Arnold Lake
    Located in Clare County, Michigan

    Arnold Lake is a 118-acre all-sports lake located in Clare County, Michigan. Arnold is in a remote part of central Michigan, nestled 179 miles northwest of Detroit and 87 miles southeast of Traverse City.

    The closest location for emergency care is MyMichigan Medical Center Clare, 20 miles south in Clare, Michigan. The MBS International Airport is 63.5 miles southeast, outside of Freeland, Michigan.

    The closest town to grab a bite to eat is Harrison, Michigan. Here, you'll find restaurants like Sheri's Family Diner and Pizzeria, Up North Coffee, and Hometown Smokehouse BBQ.

    Fun on the Water

    If waking up to the smell of the trees and the sound of birds chirping is how you would like to start your day, Arnold Lake is waiting for you.

    Whether you want to take it easy and launch your kayak/canoe or turn things up a notch by waterskiing, wakeboarding, or jet skiing, the options here are limitless! There is a public beach on the southern shore of the lake that makes for the perfect place to soak up some sun.

    No matter the season, fishing is a popular activity here. Anglers can expect to catch black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, northern pike, and rock bass.

    What's Nearby?

    The nearby Roscommon State Forest is a popular spot for hiking through old-growth pine forests and basic camping. There are also many trails for off-road vehicles (ORV) surrounding the lake.

    The Muskegon River is a well-trodden river for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing for trout and salmon. A parking lot for the Leota ORV Trailhead in nearby Summerfield Township is the closest place for parking and direct access to the river.

    For those looking to spend a day outside who don't feel like getting too deep into the forest, the Tamaracks Golf Course is only five miles north.

    For Those Seeking A Serene Life

    Those seeking a serene life nestled in the Central Michigan forests will love Arnold Lake!