Lake Gogebic

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Lake Gogebic is the largest natural inland lake in the U. P. It’s 18 miles long and 3  miles wide. It straddles both Gogebic and Ontonagon counties so has two time zones. It includes Gogebic County Park, Ontonagon County Park, and Lake Gogebic State Park, along with private homes, resorts and restaurants.

Surrounding the lake are the million-acre Ottawa National Forest and 21,000-acre Sylvania Wilderness.

Fishing is ultra-popular, featuring walleye, bass, perch and northern pike. The area also invites hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, and in the winter, ice fishing, skiing, snow-shoeing and snowmobiling.

Campers from nearby towns often buy annual campsite passes and park their RVs in a county park all summer long, making them their vacation homes. They’re often ready for a chat about what the Lake Gogebic area has to offer.

“We like it here,” says Bruce Sanger of Bessemer, Michigan, who moves his RV to Ontonagon State Park for the summer. “I go home one day a week. This is what you do when you retire.”

He says he fishes every day – for walleye. “We fill the freezer and have family fish fries all winter.”

His wife, Diane, adds, “They run when Uncle Bruce is cooking fish. They drop everything. Even the teenagers.”

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