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Protecting Northern Michigan's ​Water Resources

Crooked-Pickerel Lakes

Crooked Lake, along with Pickerel, Round and Spring lakes, are part of the Headwaters of the Inland Waterway, a chain of connecting waterways that extend across the Northern Lower Peninsula.

2,351 acres


21.4 miles


70 feet


Overview of Crooked-Pickerel Lakes

Primary Inflows


Primary Outflows

Surface Area

2,351 acres


21.4 miles

Maximum Depth

70 feet


Monitoring and Research:

Crooked and Pickerel Lakes are monitored every three years through the Watershed Council’s Comprehensive Water Quality Monitoring (CWQM) Program for dissolved oxygen, specific conductivity, pH, nitrate-nitrogen, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chloride levels.

Water transparency, chlorophyll-a, and water temperature are also monitored in Crooked and Pickerel Lakes each summer by volunteers as part of the Watershed Council’s Volunteer Lake Monitoring (VLM) Program.

These lakes are monitored through the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Surface Water Quality Protection Program (SWQPP).

Document Library

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2020 Pickerel & Crooked Lakes Aquatic Plant SurveyAquatic Plant Surveys, Crooked Lake, Pickerel Lakeaquatic-plant-surveys crooked-lake pickerel-lake inland-lakes
2018 Burt Lake Watershed Management PlanBurt Lake, Burt Lake Additional Docs, Burt Lake Watershed, Crooked Lake, Douglas Lake, EGLE/EPA Approved Watershed Management Plans, Huffman Lake, Lancaster Lake, Larks Lake, Mud Lake, Munro Lake, Pickerel Lake, Round Lake, Spring Lake, Thumb Lake, Wildwood Lakeburt burt-lake-additional-docs burt-lake-watershed crooked-lake douglas-lake watershed-plan-approved huffman-lake lancaster-lake larks-lake mud-lake munro-lake pickerel-lake round-lake spring-lake thumb-lake wildwood-lake inland-lakes watersheds
2012 Crooked-Pickerel Lakes Shoreline SurveyCrooked Lake, Pickerel Lake, Shoreline Surveyscrooked-lake pickerel-lake shoreline-surveys inland-lakes
2010 Crooked-Pickerel Lakes Headwaters of the Inland Waterway Profile CWQMComprehensive Water Quality Monitoring, Crooked Lake, Pickerel Lake, Round Lake, Spring Lakecomprehensive-water-quality-monitoring crooked-lake pickerel-lake round-lake spring-lake inland-lakes

Additional Resources:

View an interactive map of Pickerel Lake, including public access sites, on Michigan Fishweb.

View an interactive map of Crooked Lake, including public access sites, on Michigan Fishweb.

A wide variety of maps for this area are available online at the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) Data Resources page.

Information about Threatened, Endangered, and Special Concern species in this lake’s watershed is available on the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) website.

For information on the 2016 Emmet County Property Owner’s Permit Guide Click Here

Pickerel-Crooked Lakes Association
Pickerel-Crooked Lakes Association
The Pickerel-Crooked Lakes Association works to protect, preserve, and improve the water quality of the lakes through education of those who live on, and use the waterways.
P.O. Box 511, Alanson, Michigan, 49706
Crooked River Club
Crooked River Club
The mission of the Crooked River Club is to conserve, enhance, protect and enjoy the Crooked River and its watershed.

Media Gallery:

How to add multiple lakes (Crooked and Pickeral) to the resource publication code