Destination guide

Water sports and community culture in Sister Lakes

Sister Lakes is a small, idyllic resort area based in western Michigan surrounded – as its name suggests – by an ensemble of fresh, pristine lakes. In summer, the lakes provide an array of water sports activities, such as boating and fishing. There are plenty of Sister Lakes vacation rentals to choose from, including chalets, cottages, and townhouses, based right by the glittering lakefronts. Throughout the year, Sister Lakes and its surrounding towns bustle with family-friendly events, including food festivals, antiques markets, and fruit-picking fairs.

Things to do

Lakeside lighthouses and family fun in Sister Lakes

Visit nearby St Joseph – 20 miles west of Sister Lakes, on Lake Michigan’s eastern bank – a quaint city with a rich heritage. Amble along the timber North Pier and marvel at its 2 red-white lighthouses, built in the early 19th century. If you’re traveling with tiny tots, take them to the St. Joseph Curious Kids Museum, an interactive museum where they can play vet clinic and host their own TV news show. After, take a spin on the Silver Beach Carousel, a restored vintage merry-go-round with bright-painted horses, overlooking the tranquil lakefront Silver Beach County Park.


Out and about in Sister Lakes

Book a Sister Lakes vacation rental in the hot summer season to take advantage of the area’s water activities. Cool off with a rejuvenating dip in the waters of Round Lake, a 205-acre lake boasting a small beach, picnic tables, and a boat launch. Round Lake and many of its neighboring lakes – including Magician and Big Crooked – are prime fishing spots, containing enormous pike and gar. In May, June, and July, experience the nearby spring and summer fairs and festivals – from sprawling antiques markets in the town of Allegan to wine and arts festivals in nearby Berrien Springs.


Sun and fun in Sister Lakes’ summer months

Like most of west and southwest Michigan, Sister Lakes enjoys a continental climate, with 4 distinct seasons. Summers in Sister Lakes – through June to early September – are hot and sunny. Of course, all the summer heat and sunshine makes for perfect lake-weather. The winter months – running from November through to early March – bring freezing temperatures and frequent snow, which blows in off Lake Michigan. Dedicated anglers will find plenty of opportunity for peaceful ice-fishing in Sister Lakes during winter.

Natural features

Leafy lakefront beaches and nature parks

The group of shimmering lakes in Sister Lakes range from small ponds to midsize bodies of deep crystalline water – like Round Lake and Magician Lake – which are framed by narrow beaches and surrounded by lush oak and birch trees. But Sister Lakes’ water attractions don’t stop there. Just a 30-minute drive west of the town takes you to the vast, oceanic shores of Lake Michigan – one of the 5 Great Lakes of North America – and its soft sandy beachfront. Sister Lakes’ surrounding landscape also offers golf courses, dense forestry, and nature parks – such as the Ross Coastal Plain Marsh Preserve.

Where to stay around Sister Lakes?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 52 vacation rentals near Sister Lakes. From 44 Houses to 7 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sister Lakes for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Sister Lakes?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Sister Lakes. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Silver Beach: 316 vacation rentals
  • St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Station: 413 vacation rentals
  • Southwestern Michigan College: 281 vacation rentals
  • Lake Michigan College: 378 vacation rentals
  • Harbor Shores Golf Club: 377 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sister Lakes listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Sister Lakes?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 44 Houses in Sister Lakes. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Sister Lakes include:

  • Cabins: 7 rentals available
  • Cottages: 7 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 7 rentals available

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Sister Lakes?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 49 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Sister Lakes. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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