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Lakefront homes in Oakland County Michigan

Below is a list of all sports lakes in Oakland County Michigan. This list is by no means complete.  Some lake home buyers tend to think the biggest lake is the top all sports lake in Oakland County.

Boating in Oakland County Michigan

Lakefront homes for sale in Oakland County MI

also lake view and lake access 

The top ten largest all sports lakes in the county are:

Cass Lake 1280 acres
Orchard Lake 788 acres
Walled Lake 670 acres
Pontiac Lake 640 acres
White Lake 540 acres
Lake Orion 506 acres
Union Lake 465 acres
Lakeville Lake 460 acres
Sylvan Lake 458 acres
Lake Angelus 413 acres

Basically the definition of an all sports lake is that any type of boat is allowed.  Speed boats, jet boats, ski boats, sail boats, kayaks, any boat with a motor of any size, jet skis, and personal watercraft.  You can waterski, wakeboard, tube, or pull anybody behind the boat.    The motors can be inboard or outboard.  Usually there are no speed limits unless the individual lakes have a speed limit.   There is basically no limit on what you can do on the lake with a boat.  That is what a Michigan all sports lake is.

Complete List of Oakland County Lake Laws

   Tubing on a all sports lake in Oakland County Michigan

Some lakes do not allow motors, or jet skis, or have a limited size of motor.  They would either be called a non motorized lake, an electric motor lake, or a limited all sports lake depending on what they allow.

Size does matter when it comes to all sports lakes.  If the lake is too small then you are just making a small loop around the lake.  I would say below 80 acres is a tiny all sports lake that you just have to keep turning the boat in a circle.  A lake like that is not for an avid water sports enthusiast.  Between 80 and 150 acres there is more room to manuever and to do figure 8's and do S turns with the boat.  Again it is a nice sized lake but a big water sport enthusiast may want bigger.  

Oakland County all sports lake

I myself believe anything over 150 acres is good size, but most lake home buyers want an Oakland County all sports lake of over 200 acres.  Some people do not want a round lake.  They want some bays, or penisulas in the lake to give it character.  Most of the lakes on the first list will have that.

Here is a list of Oakland County all sports lakes over 100 acres

  Public Access
Cass Lake 1280 acres Yes
Orchard Lake 788 acres Yes
Walled Lake 670 acres No 
Pontiac Lake 640 acres Yes
White Lake 540 acres Yes
Lake Orion 506 acres Yes
Union Lake 465 acres Yes
Lakeville Lake 460 acres  
Sylvan Lake 458 acres Yes
Lake Angelus 413 acres No
Pine Lake  395 acres Yes
Elizabeth Lake 363 acres No
Upper Straits Lake 323 acres No 
Tipsico Lake 301 acres Yes 
Oxbow Lake 290 acres No 
Duck Lake Highland 253 acres No
Voorheis Lake 250 acres  
Loon Lake Waterford 243 acres Yes
Wolverine Lake 241 acres Yes
Watkins Lake 238 acres No
Commerce Lake 236 acres No
Lower Straits Lake 235 acres Yes
Lake Oakland 235 acres Yes
Walnut Lake 232 acres No
Maceday Lake 219 acres Yes
Big Lake 200 acres  
Lake Sherwood 181 acres No
Lotus Lake  179 acres Yes
Lower Long Lake 178 acres No
Commerce Lake 173 acres No
Middle Straits Lake 171 acres  
Big Lake (Big) 170 acres  
Cedar Island Lake 169 acres Yes
Greens Lake 166 acres  
Williams Lake 155 acres No
Long Lake 146 acres Yes 
Bald Eagle Lake 143 acres No
Deer Lake 137 acres Yes
Woodhull Lake 135 acres  
Bald Eagle Lake 124 acres  
Greens Lake 117 acres No
Judah Lake 115 acres No

Upper Long Lake

108 acres No


   Stringy Chain of Lakes           164 acres           Public Lakes

   Bush Lake                   110 acres       Private Lake

    Lake Louise                      103 acres      Private Lake 

    Long Lake Orion                94 acres      Semi private lake 

   Moore Lake                    92 acres      Public Lake 

   Crescent Lake                90 acres      Public Lake 

   Lower Pettibone Lake      89 acres      Public Lake

   Whipple Lake                 75 acres      Private Lake 

   Stoney Lake                67 acres     Public Lake 

   Mickelson Lake               50-60 acres  Public Lake  

   Huff Lake Ortonville        42 acres     Private Lake

   Long Lake Stringy Lake   34.5 acres   Public Lake 

   Clear Lake                      32.5 acres   Public Lake

   Squaw Lake                    28 acres     Public Lake 

   Tan Lake                         22 acres     Public Lake 

 If you would like to set up an email search of lakefront homes for sale on all sports lakes in Oakland County MI email me at   I will set you up an email search so you do not miss out on the best deals.


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I've lived in Metro Detroit for over 50 years. I love this area and all it has to offer, and I enjoy sharing what I know about my home and our local communities. As a REALTOR®, I also love to share my expertise in this area as well. If you need any real estate or community information when relocating to Wayne,  Washtenaw,  Livingston, Oakland County Michigan...please give me a call.

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