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Carp-Lake is a small community located on the western shore of Paradise Lake (which is also sometimes referred to as Carp Lake) in the northern region of the Lower Peninsula. It's easily reached via U.S. Highway 31 and is near Lake Michigan, just 10 miles south of Mackinaw City. Paradise Lake is a quiet, inland lake that covers 1900 acres and is known for its' excellent fishing for walleye, rock bass, yellow perch, small and large mouth bass and Northern pike. The Paradise Trail runs through Carp Lake, and many campgrounds and historical sites are located nearby. Carp Lake is also the hub for Wilderness State Park, which offers visitors year round activities within its' 8,000 acres of hardwood forests, numerous ponds and open meadows. The park has a boat launch and 250 campsites, plus several rustic cabins and bunkhouses, all with electric service. It's a popular spot for kayaking and boating, and in wintertime for cross-country skiing. There are twelve hiking trails available in Wilderness State Park, ranging from mile to 5.5 miles. The Park is also open to small and big game hunting in the fall and winter seasons. Carp Lake is just 15 minutes to Sturgeon Bay on Lake Michigan, which has beautiful beaches and sand dunes, and the gorgeous Victorian-era Mackinaw Island is another nearby attraction.

Surrounding areas: Mackinaw City, Michigan (7.5 mi), St Ignace, Michigan (13.3 mi), Mackinac Island, Michigan (15.1 mi), Cheboygan, Michigan (15.2 mi), Burt Lake, Michigan (15.8 mi), Mullett Lake, Michigan (16.5 mi), Good Hart, Michigan (17.4 mi)

Carp Lake Vacation Rentals

Carp Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Travelodge150 Old US 31Mackinaw City, MI6.8 mi.(231) 436-7900
Clarion Hotel701 South Huron StMackinaw City, MI6.9 mi.(231) 436-5539
Comfort Suites Lakeview720 S Huron AveMackinaw City, MI6.9 mi.(231) 436-5929
Days Inn- Lakeside825 S Huron StMackinaw City, MI6.9 mi.(231) 436-5557
Econo Lodge Bay View712 S HuronMackinaw City, MI6.9 mi.(231) 436-5777
Econo Lodge Lakeside - Mackinaw City519 S HuronMackinaw City, MI6.9 mi.(231) 436-7111
Embers Motel & Restaurant810 S HuronMackinaw City, MI6.9 mi.(231) 436-5773
Hampton Inn Of Mackinaw City726 S HuronMackinaw City, MI6.9 mi.(231) 436-7829
Northpointe Inn1027 S Huron StMackinaw City, MI6.9 mi.(231) 436-9812
Ramada Ltd Waterfront723 S Huron AveMackinaw City, MI6.9 mi.(231) 436-5055
Baymont Inn & Suites-mackinaw City109 S Nicolet StMackinaw City, MI7.8 mi.(231) 436-7737
Days Inn Mackinac Bridge206 N Nicolet StMackinaw City, MI7.8 mi.(231) 436-8961
Econo Lodge At The Bridge - Mackinaw City412 N NicoletMackinaw City, MI7.8 mi.(231) 436-5026
Holiday Inn Express364 Louvingney StMackinaw City, MI7.8 mi.(231) 436-7100
Ramada Inn Convention Center450 S NicoletMackinaw City, MI7.8 mi.(231) 436-5535
Super 8 Motel - Mackinaw City601 N HuronMackinaw City, MI8.0 mi.(231) 436-5252
Holiday Inn Express1600 US 31 NPellston, MI8.7 mi.(231) 539-7000
Thunderbird Motor Inn10 S State StST Ignace, MI13.1 mi.(906) 643-8900
Comfort Inn Beachside927 N State StST Ignace, MI14.3 mi.(906) 643-7733
Holiday Inn Express965 North State StSt Ignace, MI14.3 mi.(800) 906-0201
Quality Inn Lakefront1021 N State StST Ignace, MI14.4 mi.(906) 643-7581
Lake View Hotel1 Huron StMackinac Island, MI14.7 mi.(906) 847-3384
Days Inn Lakefront & Suites1067 North State StSt Ignace, MI14.9 mi.(906) 643-8008
Days Inn St Ignace1074 North State StSt Ignace, MI14.9 mi.(906) 643-7777
Best Western Inn-river Terrace847 S Main StCheboygan, MI15.4 mi.(231) 627-5688
Boyne Highlands Resort600 Highlands DrHarbor Springs, MI16.1 mi.(231) 549-6040
Crooked River Lodge6845 US 31 NAlanson, MI16.2 mi.(231) 548-5000
Aurora Borealis Motor Inn635 W US 2ST Ignace, MI17.2 mi.(906) 643-7488
Rodeway Inn750 W US 2ST Ignace, MI17.2 mi.(906) 643-8511
Quality Inn913 Blvd DrSt Ignace, MI17.2 mi.(906) 643-9700
Best Western Of Harbor Springs8514 M-119Harbor Springs, MI19.7 mi.(616) 347-9050
Comfort Inn Petoskey1314 US 31 NPetoskey, MI22.6 mi.(231) 347-3220
Days Inn Petoskey1420 US 131 SouthPetoskey, MI22.6 mi.(231) 234-3900
Econo Lodge - Petoskey1858 US 131 SPetoskey, MI22.6 mi.(231) 348-3324
Econo Lodge South1859 Us Hwy 131 SPetoskey, MI22.6 mi.(231) 348-3324
Hampton Inn & Suites920 Spring St US 131Petoskey, MI22.6 mi.(231) 348-9555
Inn At Bay Harbor3600 Village Harbor DrBay Harbor, MI23.9 mi.(231) 549-6040
Super 8 Motel2645 Charlevoix AvePetoskey, MI23.9 mi.(231) 439-8000
Holiday Inn Express4375 Brudy RdIndian River, MI24.2 mi.(231) 238-3000
Clearwater Hotel & Condominiums5400 SHR RdBrevort, MI26.4 mi.(906) 292-5506

Carp Lake Weather & Climate

Northern Michigan has four very distinct seasons. Heavy snowfall in winter is common in the northern reaches of the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. The Great Lakes definitely help moderate winter temperatures, but even so, the average highs in the middle of January are near 10 degrees, while the southern regions of the state see highs in the 20s. The lakeshore breezes help keep temperatures cool on summer days, and most of the time humidity is manageable. Statewide annual precipitation is around 25 inches, with higher amounts in the Upper Peninsula and along Lake Michigan. Fall is often the best time of the year with mild to cool sunny days and crisp, cold nights. Michigan is on the fringe of the Midwest tornado belt, but sees less of this activity than other parts of the country.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 25°F 8°F 2.41 in. -
February 28°F 7°F 1.64 in. -
March 37°F 17°F 2.32 in. -
April 51°F 29°F 2.63 in. -
May 66°F 40°F 2.70 in. -
June 74°F 49°F 2.55 in. -
July 79°F 54°F 2.71 in. -
August 76°F 53°F 3.25 in. -
September 67°F 45°F 3.90 in. -
October 55°F 36°F 3.21 in. -
November 41°F 28°F 2.96 in. -
December 30°F 16°F 2.46 in. -

Carp Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located about 7 miles south of Carp Lake in Pellston, Michigan, the Chippewa County International airport (CIU) located approximately 42 miles northeast of Carp Lake in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, the Otsego County airport (GLR) located roughly 46 miles south of Carp Lake in Gaylord, Michigan, the Alpena County Regional airport (APN) located around 72 miles southeast of Carp Lake in Alpena, Michigan, and finally the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located about 75 miles southwest of Carp Lake in Traverse City, Michigan.

Carp Lake Attractions

Golf Courses
Mackinaw ClubCarp LakeMI 
Wilderness Golf CourseCarp LakeMI 
St Ignace Golf & Country ClubSaint IgnaceMI12.9 mi.
Hidden River Golf & Casting ClubBrutusMI13.1 mi.
Maple Ridge Golf ClubBrutusMI13.1 mi.
Wawashkamo Golf ClubMackinac IslandMI14.1 mi.
Cheboygan Golf & Country ClubCheboyganMI15.2 mi.
Mullett Lake Country ClubMullett LakeMI15.4 mi.
Chestnut Valley Golf CourseHarbor SpringsMI19.6 mi.
Harbor Point Golf ClubHarbor SpringsMI19.6 mi.
Little Traverse Bay Golf ClubHarbor SpringsMI19.6 mi.
Crooked Tree Golf ClubPetoskeyMI23.1 mi.
Hessel Ridge Golf CourseHesselMI28.4 mi.
Springbrook Golf ClubWalloon LakeMI29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI19.7 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI35.8 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI45.4 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI52.5 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI75.5 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI79.3 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI97.9 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI103.1 mi.
State Parks
Wilderness State ParkMI6.4 mi. 
Fort Michilimackinac State ParkMI7.5 mi. 
Michilimackinac State ParkMI7.5 mi. 
Straits State ParkMI12.4 mi. 
Mackinac Island State ParkMI14.9 mi. 
Aloha State ParkMI19.8 mi. 
Burt Lake State ParkMI21.4 mi. 
Onaway State ParkMI32.1 mi. 
Young State ParkMI33.3 mi. 
Mackinac State Historic ParksMackinac IslandMI14.4 mi.(History)

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