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Hubbard Lake

Photo credit to Cheryl Peterson, Alcona Review

By Cheryl Peterson
Nestled in the western end of Alcona County in the northeastern portion of the Lower Peninsula, Hubbard Lake shines like a sapphire amid the emerald hills that surround it.

Michigan's twelfth largest lake, Hubbard Lake spans 8,850 acres. Its depths range from 90 feet to less than 20 feet. The lake is oriented in a north-south direction which makes for prevailing winds coming from the west-southwest. "Being close to Lake Huron we get a summer afternoon wind shift that affects Hubbard Lake," explained Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer Warren MacNeill. "There are multiple places on the lake where people can stay on their boat and enjoy a windless area for several hours."

MacNeill explained Hubbard Lake "is a single tier lake with one two-lane road that circles it." Which means the residential presence on the lake is along the shoreline and there are three public boat launching sites - a township park on the north end, a DNR site on the south end, and another DNR site on the east side. "The north end site is nice because you don't have to launch into the wind," MacNeill said.

Hubbard Lake provides boundless opportunity for just about any water activity - boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming, personal watercraft operation, kayaking (especially in the morning) and canoeing. With three streams feeding the lake, Comstock (West Branch River) at the south end, Sucker on the east side and Holcomb off of East Bay, the opportunity for wildlife viewing is endless, especially for bird watching. 

MacNeill, who with another DNR conservation officer spend hundreds of hours on the lake each summer, said birders don't really need a boat to mark birds off of their list. They can use the public access sites to look for bald eagles, loons, Canada geese and many varieties of ducks and other water birds. On the three streams that feed the lake and along the lower south branch of the Thunder Bay River at the north end, a variety of wildlife and birds can be seen especially when it is quiet in the morning and evening hours. White tailed deer, black bear, beaver, muskrat, and other mammals are abundant in the area. 

Water clarity is one of the nicest features of the lake. "The water clarity is incredible," MacNeill said. "The constant turnover of water makes it very clear." According to the DNR Status of the Fishery Resource Report on Hubbard Lake completed in 2006 by fisheries management biologists Tim Cwalinski and Steven Sendek, the lake drains "approximately 93,440 acres and has a flush rate of nearly four years." Which means the water in Hubbard Lake turns over every four years.

Anglers enjoy fishing on Hubbard Lake because they can catch smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, yellow perch, rock bass pumpkinseed and bullheads, suckers and gar. There are also small numbers of lake trout, whitefish and cisco, according to the DNR resource report.

The warmer months aren't the only seasons where fishing is good. Hubbard lake is a destination for ice fishing as well. "I don't think you could go a day without finding someone fishing on Hubbard Lake," MacNeill said.

The Hubbard Lake Sportsman and Improvement Association spends a lot of time and effort ensuring that the fishing on Hubbard Lake continues to thrive by building and placing brush shelters in the lake to provide cover for walleye and other fish. "You know they work because (anglers) will mark them on their GPS and fish around them," MacNeill said.

The setting around Hubbard Lake is residential and there is a variety of businesses that cater to residents and visitors alike. The community of Hubbard Lake is located at the north end of the lake near the township boat launch site. A general store, restaurant, real estate offices, tavern and other businesses offer a range of goods and services to the area. On the south end, there is also a party store, restaurant and golf course. 

Three volunteer fire departments provide service to the residents in the area and are trained to protect this natural resource from oil spills, and other forms of contamination that may occur. "It's hard to find three fire departments that cover one lake that care about this lake like they do…they care about the entire community," MacNeill said.

Residents and visitors alike who spend time on the lake feel an affinity toward this immense and diverse natural resource. It is a treasure they enjoy and find reverence in. They encourage all visitors to respect the lake and its property owners when they spend time on and around Hubbard Lake. 

(Editor's Note: We would like to thank DNR Conservation Officer Warren MacNeill for his time and expertise navigating the waters of Hubbard Lake. His knowledge and skill were very helpful and appreciated.)

Walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, yellow
perch, rock bass and pumpkinseed bring anglers
from all over the state to Hubbard Lake.

Mornings on Hubbard Lake offer scenic sunrises, tranquil
moments and calm waters for kayaking.

Sailing on Hubbard Lake is just one of the many outoor
recreational opportunities available during the summer months.

Playing on the water is a popular recreation pastime in and
around Alcona County. Whether it is Lake Huron, the AuSable&
River or Hubbard Lake (this photo) water sports enthusiasts will
enjoy their summer up north.

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