Burt Lake, MI, USA (lake)

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Burt Lake, MI, USA (lake)

Burt Lake vacation rentals

Watery adventures in Michigan

While Burt Lake might not be part of the Great Lakes, it's still a mightily impressive body of water which makes up part of Michigan's inland chain of waterways and rivers. Dotting its shoreline are dozens of pretty Burt Lake vacation rentals which can be booked throughout the year and used as a base for hiking, boating and fishing. Take the family down to the lake to bask along the sandy beaches or picnic under the shady forests inland. Along its southern shore is the sprawling Burt Lake State Park which may have you reaching for those binoculars for hours of wildlife spotting.

Going wild along the waterways

Not only do you have access to the large lake at a Burt Lake vacation rental, but you'll also be close to the crisscrossing rivers which flow into it, and offer a plethora of adventurous activities. You can use the shallow but fast flowing Sturgeon River which meanders through Burt Lake State Park for kayaking, tubing and rafting with the family. Alternatively, along Indian River which connects Burt and Mullett Lakes, you can catch a glimpse at one of the country's largest herds of giant wild elk which roam around the forests and creeks.

The Cross in the Woods

While the main draw is the Mother Nature, there are several interesting attractions to visit while you're staying in a Burt Lake vacation rental. Even if you aren't religious, the towering Cross in the Woods, featuring a vast bronze figure of Christ and several other shrines, is poignant and well worth a visit. Alternatively, you can head off to the Crooked Vine Vineyard to learn about the history of wine production in Michigan. If you bring kids, be sure to take them to Chillermania, the bookstore and birthplace of the American Chillers book series written by Johnathan Rand.

Short summers and snowy winters

Burt Lake vacation rentals and the surrounding area of northern Michigan can be visited all year round. Spring is usually warm and sunny, while the temperature during the short summers soar and are best spent swimming and cooling off in the lake or rivers. Michigan is famous for its fall, a wonderful time to visit when the forested landscape bursts into gorgeous colors. Winter is long and cold, but if you bundle up warm, you won't be disappointed with the variety of snowy activities on offer, from cross country skiing to snow shoeing.

One of the great spawning sites for sturgeon

The rivers that run into Burt Lake during spring teem with spawning sturgeon and annual guided tours are always on offer to help understand these fascinating fish. North Michigan has long been used as hunting grounds with travelers descending into the thousands of acres of state land in season for the coyotes, whitetail deer, elk and waterfowl. Along the Indian River, you can spot playful otters scampering along the banks or swimming in search of fish, while overhead osprey and bald eagles circle while keeping their beady eyes open for prey.