Watervale Recreation

Lake & Beach

Lower Herring Lake

Lower Herring Lake is a great swimming lake and several small beaches dot the shoreline

Boo Hoo View

Across the bay is the Point and Boo Hoo where the drop off lets you dive from shore.

The Outlet

The Outlet connects Lower Herring to Lake Michigan and is perfect for floating the day away.

Lake Michigan

A mile of Lake Michigan shoreline allow everyone to carve out their own private spot of the beach.


Kayaks, Canoes & Rowboats available at no charge



No Watervale stay is complete without a trip to Baldy-a sand dune rising 300 feet above Lake Michigan. The three-mile loop leads you through the woods, atop Mount Baldy and then back on the Lake Michigan beach to Watervale.

Other Paths

Green Point Dunes, Fruithave Preserve, Elberta Dunes, Arcadia Marsh and Upper Herring Lake Preserve are all located within a five-minute drive from Watervale.


Mountain bikers can ride the trails off St. Pierre just five miles south of Watervale or the North Country Trail located near Crystal Mountain Resort. The Betsie Valley Trail features 27 miles of paved trails that run from Frankfort to Thompsonville.


Arcadia Bluffs, Crystal Mountains, The Heathlands, Pinecroft, Manistee National, Bear Lake Highlands, and Chestnut Hills are all located within a half-hour drive of Watervale.


Recreation in Northern Michigan