Chain of lakes Livingston County MI - 3 biggest lakes

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Big lakes on the Huron River Chain of Lakes.

If you want to buy a waterfront home on a big lake, but cannot find a lake that you like.  You may feel the lakes in Southeast Michigan are too small.  You may get bored on a small lake.  There are alternatives to your dilemma.  Find a lake home on a chain of lakes in Oakland County or Livingston County.  There are also chains of lakes in Genessee County.

Today let's talk about the chain of lakes in Livingston County.  We are going to talk about the biggest and most popular chain in Livingston County the Huron River Chain of Lakes.    The lakes in the chain include Little Portage Lake, Big Portage Lake, Base Line Lake, Whitewood Lakes, Zukey Lake, Tamarack Lake, Gallagher Lake, Strawberry Lake and Ore Lake.  

What is nice about a chain of lakes is that you have more lakes to do things.  You can fish on different lakes without pulling out your boat.  There will usually be at least one lake on the chain that will be an all sports lake.  So you can do your tubing, water skiing, wake boarding, or surfing on your chain of lakes.  Some chains are private but some are public because at least one lake has a public DNR Launch.  The Huron River chain of lakes has a DNR Launch on Big Portage Lake at the south end of the chain.

Here are the three biggest public all sports lakes on the Livingston County chain of lakes.

Big Portage Lake

Big Portage is a public all sports lake that is about 664 acres in size.  The DNR boat launch is located off McGregor Road on the east side of the lake.  It has about 21 parking spots for the public.  There is no public beach, no water ski course on the lake.   There are no wake restrictions that I know of The deepest point on the lake is about 84 feet deep though they say the average depth is only five feet deep.  There are some shallow sandbar areas on the lake. 

Big Portage Lake homes Pinckney MIThe lake is mainly fed by the Huron River though there are two streams that come into the lake from the north.  They are Honey Creek and Portage Creek.  There are canals on the lake but I do not know of any islands on the lake.  The school district for the lake is either Dexter schools, Pinckney school system depending on where they live on the lake.  The streets around the lake are either paved, gravel. 

Portage Lake is the biggest lake on the Hamburg chain of lakes .  The chain of Lakes is called several names including the Huron River chain of lakes or the Portage Chain of Lakes.  It is a public lake, you can get on the lake via a State of Michigan DNR Boat Launch that is located off McGregor Road on the east side of the road.  Lake level was erratic prior to 1960.  Spring flooding on Portage Lake was frequent. Often lakefront residents would row or paddle right up to their cottages at lake level; septic systems didn't respond well either. After several dry years in the early 60s, lake levels were extremely low, and by 1963, boats and docks were suddenly left high and dry. This was the impetus that led to constructing the dam. 

Strawberry Lake

Strawberry Lake in Hamburg is a public all sports lake that is about 257 acres in size.  It is a kettle lake that was formed by glaciers thousands of years ago.  It is about 50 feet deep in the deepest spot.  There is no public access on the lake itself but the Huron River chain of lakes is all public because there is a DNR Launch off McGregor Road on Big Portage Lake.

There are no wake restrictions or laws on when you can go fast on the lake.  Though some of the river channels between the lakes are no wake.  The lake is fed by springs and the Huron River that flows through it.  The children that live on the lake go to Pinckney School System.  The streets around the lake are both paved and gravel. 

There is no public beach on the lake, there are no canals, (thus no canal front homes) and I do not believe that there is a state approved ski course on the lake.

Strawberry Lake Livingston County MI

Base Line Lake Hamburg MI information

  • All sports lake                     Yes  
  • Private                                No
  • Size                                    254 acres   
  • Maximum Depth                  64 feet deep 
  • Public Access                       No
  • Public Beach                        No
  • Wake restrictions                 Unknown
  • Water Source                      Unknown
  • Cities the lake lies in                 Webster & Hamburg
  • School district for the lake        Pinckney & Dexter
  • Streets around the lake are        Gravel, Private
  • City water                                  yes 
  • City sewer                                 Sewer Sanitary
  • Canals on Lake                         No
  • Lots over an acre on lake         Yes
  • Water-ski course                       N/A
  • Condominiums                         no

Baseline Lake Livingston County MI

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Comments (3)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Wow, love this about the lakes there in Michigan.  Have a great and productive Tuesday.  Don't forget about the Tacos today.  Thanks for your post. bill

Jan 05, 2022 03:20 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Russ. When I saw "Chain of Lakes" my first thought was northern Illinois where I grew up. Sounds like there is another option to be considered. Enjoy your day.

Jan 05, 2022 04:43 AM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Many people like to live near lakes and rivers...Have a great day....

Jan 05, 2022 06:31 AM