Herendeene Lake Public Boat Access

Herendeene Lake is located off Reynolds Road in Almira Township, Benzie Coutny, just about five minutes north of Lake Ann, Michigan and about 25 mintues from Traverse City.

Herendeene Lake Public Boat Access Site in Benzie County

Herendeene Lake Public Boat Access Site in Benzie County

Maintained by Benzie County, the public boat launch is listed as a Code 3 ramp, which means it is a gravel surfaced ramp. The State of Michigan Public Boat Launch Directory lists this site as having a courtesy pier, however there is not one currently in place.

View of Herendeene Lake in Benzie County

View of Herendeene Lake

Herendeene Lake is a very natural 37 acre no-wake lake. There aren’t any residential houses visible from the shore however Sleeping Bear Resort is visible down the shoreline to the north.

Inland lake in Benzie County great for fishing

A quiet little fishing lake

The water is clear although today it was covered in a green film of pollen. This has been an epic year for allergies in Michigan.

Pollen on Herendeene Lake

Pollen on Herendeene Lake

Looks like Herendeene Lake will be a great fishing lake. I haven’t fished it, but if I were to, I might expect to catch Bluegill, Perch, Brown Trout, and Pike.

Herendeene Lake shoreline

Herendeene Lake shoreline

There were three swans out on the lake. I couldn’t get a good photograph of them to share with you. They were a little too far away, and I would need a better camera for that. But if you are looking for a beautiful spot to kayak, put this little lake on your list.

Undeveloped shoreline on Herendeene Lake in Benzie County great fishing

Undeveloped shoreline on Herendeene Lake

The grassy area is mowed, but this mighty clover has burst into bloomed since the last mowing. I’m glad for that since it was so beautiful. But the grass was tall too, and I did check for ticks on my jeans. Supposed to be an epic year for those as well.

Red Clover on the shoreline in Benzie County

Red Clover

Just past the clearing, this beautiful old Paper Birch Tree hangs out over the water. I love birch trees, don’t you?

Paper Birch hangs over the water

Paper Birch hangs over the water

This little clump of wild grass on the shoreline was harboring frogs. We heard one jump into the water as we got near it, but we couldn’t find him. I suspect it buried itself in the sediment. Smart frog. There were three boys chasing after it.

Grassy shoreline harboring frogs

Grassy shoreline harboring frogs

The lake is at the bottom of this winding gravel road. Isn’t it lovely? Note to self, come back when the leaves turn colors in the fall.

Road to public boat launch in Benzie County Michigan

Winding dirt road down to the lake

I Love the color palette at the base of this huge White Pine tree-and how the gray bark grounds the contrasting green (fern, moss and lichen) and red (pine needles).

Moss and Lichen and Pine Needles

Moss and Lichen and Pine Needles

With this swampy area just down the hill from the road, the mosquitoes could get really bad in here. They were not a problem at the water today. But if you’re going out fishing, I’d be sure and take some mosquito repellent with you.

Pines and Cedar in the Deep woods

Pines and Cedar in the Deep woods

I have been told I should have been a flower child in the 60’s. I was just a baby then, but I do love the daisies! So I just had to include this last picture from my day on Herendeene Lake.  I hope you enjoy the daisies too!

Daisies in Red Clover

Daisies in Red Clover

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