It's all about the lake .....
Duck Lake is about three miles long, a little over 2000 acres of fresh clear water. The Bird Lovers Paradise is at the south end of the lake on the western shore of Misty Cove, which is less developed than most of the rest of the lake.
The lake is the home to countless fish, two sets of nesting loons, an assortment of ducks, herons, swans and an occasional eagle. We also have otters, muskrats, several kinds of turtles, and other wildlife around the lake.
There are several creeks and streams that feed into, or out of, the lake. Horton Creek is straight across Misty Cove, an easy paddle in the canoe or kayak and good exploring grounds. It is possible to paddle a hundred yards or so down the creek and it is a good opportunity to see some of the wildlife listed above. Be careful though, the loons tend to nest right around the entrance to the creek, and the heron likes to hang out on the creek bank and is not really fond of human visitors.
Years ago, a sawmill and railroad siding were located on the northern shore of the lake. At that time the Betsie River was a navigable connection between Green and Duck Lakes and was used to float logs to the sawmill. It is no longer possible to go between the lakes by boat, but you can still see the remnants of the channel connecting the lakes on the northwestern shore of Duck Lake.
The Interlochen State Park is one of the most frequently visited parks in the state of Michigan. It provides a swimming area, and the only public boat ramps on the lake. Despite the Park's popularity, and our proximity to Traverse City, Duck Lake is wonderfully free of boat traffic throughout most of the season. There are quite a few pontoon boats on the lake which you will see sedately cruising in the evening or rafted up in the shallows by the point on Sunday afternoons. There are also a few ski boats, jet skis, small sailboats, and a bunch of canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and others
The lake is a four seasons attraction, with boating in the summer, ice fishing in the winter, duck hunting in the fall, and waiting for the thaw in spring. We have been keeping (sporadic) records of lake "events" for the last dozen years, and can now look back to see the dates of freezing and thawing, our concerns about lake levels (high or low), and the dates of arrival and departure for the loons. It is amazing to see how central the lake can be to your life in northern Michigan.
Guests are provided with a canoe and two kayaks. There are no rental facilities on the lake, but boat rentals are available locally from the Interlochen Boat Shop and other providers. They will deliver one of a variety of types of boat to your dock and pick it up when you are leaving for home.