The village of Lake was established during the lumbering era, primarily as a 'Whistle Stop' along the Pere Marquette Railway Line. Later it was settled for its naturally beautiful surroundings.
The village of Lake lies between two large bodies of water, Perch Lake and Crooked Lake. Just a few miles west you will find beautiful Eight Point Lake.
The old concrete 'Coal Dock' (one of only a few left in Michigan) built in the 1930's is silent testimony to the steam days of train engines.
Summer brings many water activities to the area and winter finds both lakes covered with ice shanties by the cold weather anglers.
The Lake Daze Celebration, held in the beginning of summer, is a cross between a festival and a carnival and offers people of all ages a chance to get together and have some old-fashion, honest-to-goodness fun. The Lake Community Association, a non-profit group supported by volunteers and local businesses support several children events including an Easter Egg Hunt, a Halloween Party, and a Christmas Party. Lake Daze provides an outlet for both children and adults. Scattered throughout the year, fund raisers, such as Millionaire Parties, Flea Markets, Auctions and periodic special interest gatherings are held to fund all community activities of LCA. The old train depot is constantly being improved. Currently we are organizing a museum that reflects artifacts of days gone by from the depot. There is also an old caboose next to the depot which is also being refurbished. We are continually looking for volunteers, come join us for fun and meeting new friends.
Entertainment for both adults and children can be found with restaurants, Dairy Queen, and a roller rink in the community. There are also several resorts and campgrounds in the area.
Lake is the Midwest's home base for the Fraternal Order of Eagles in both Michigan and Canada and several Boy Scout Camps make their homes in the Lake area, including one which was formerly the Harry Bennet Home of Ford Motor Company lore.
All this and in a picturesque setting too. The Lake Area is a fine mixture of recreational fun, a get-away-from-it-all retreat and loaded with natural beauty for every season.
Lakes around the resort area include Eight Point Lake, Mystic Lake, Crooked Lake, Perch Lake, Gray Lake, Big Mud Lake, Big Cranberry Lake, Bass Lake, Bullhead Lake, Spillway Lake, Three Lakes, Bluff Lake and Grass Lake.
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