This Michigan’s Best Interior Lake winner offers access to multiple waterways and a tiki bar
Bordered by beautiful homes and featuring a public ramp open to all, Ponemah Lake in Fenton is a popular place to drop off a boat to fish or take a cruise and enjoy the views. It was named the top pick for the Flint area when searching for Michigan’s best inland lake.
“The beauty of forests and islands” is what strikes J. Williams about Ponemah Lake.
Located in Genesee County about 20 minutes south of Flint, Ponemah Lake is a vast 376 acres, with a maximum depth of 77 feet. It connects to two other lakes, Squaw Lake and Tupper Lake, and the Shiawassee River crosses the lake. Several islands dot the water and the shore of the lake accommodates all styles of home, from classic cozy cottages to grand mansions.
If you drop a line, you could attract a huge range of freshwater fish. Blue sunfish, black crappie, large and smallmouth bass, northern pike, sunfish, walleye and yellow perch all ply the waters of Ponemah Lake. Pontoon rides are always a great way to see this lake, while those in need of adventure can strap on skis and line up behind a speedboat.
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There is a public access ramp for DNR boats located on North Road between Ponemah Drive and Rolston Road, as well as a parking lot with 35 spaces and washrooms. A park pass is required to use it, and while you might have to wait for a few on a busy summer day, the MNR managers who run the ramp here have excellent reputation.
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The Ponemah Lake Lodge is located right on the water’s edge and is a popular place to hang out with friends and have a bite or a cold beer. There is a lovely outdoor dining area on the terrace, and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays there is live music outside. You can stop at the dock and grab an Ashby ice cream cone, which they serve all day, every day. If you walk into the lodge for a meal, there are Detroit-style pizzas, boom boom shrimp, perfect sub-sandwiches for your boat, and fun nachos. Have a fruity cocktail at the Tiki Bar, like a Ponemah Pina Colada or a bright and fresh Ruby Mule.
Clearly, Fenton is a town that loves its waterfront. In addition to Ponemah Lake, which garnered 28.34% of the vote, Lake Fenton in Fenton ran a very close race and came in second with 23.48% of the vote. . Third place was completed by Silver Lake at Fenton, with 20.24% of the vote. Flint Lake / Devil’s Lake Urban Recreation Area in Flint was fourth with 11.74% of the vote, while Holloway Reservoit in Davison was fifth with 10.93%.
Great location with access to other lakes and rivers, Ponemah Lake offers a little something for everyone and is the greater Flint area’s choice for Michigan’s best inland lake.
DNR information at michigan.gov.
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