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South Bayou

South Bayou

South Bayou is the smallest bayou on large Hamlin Lake. Two small creeks feed the bayou, which then feeds into Hamlin Lake through a channel under Lakeshore Drive.

The bayou is relatively calm, but on windy days Hamlin Lake can get quite rough and it is difficult to manage a small boat.

South Bayou Public Access-
Access- On the east side of Lakeshore Drive where it crosses the South Bayou channel. Cement ramp with two docks. Limited parking.

Restrictions- no power loading, no cocking in launch ramp, do not block road
Ecosystem- inland lake mostly surrounded by private properties
Most recent date this info personally checked - August 2014
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Fishing- Hamlin Lake - black crappie, bluegill, brook trout, channel catfish, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, rock bass, smallmouth bass, sunfish, walleye, yellow perch (list from


There are picnic tables and grills. Fixed benches face the bayou.


There are two swing sets, one with baby seats, and a sandbox.

Restrooms- porta-potty
Potable Water- none

Access- paved road
Restrictions- Open 5 am - 11 pm, no swimming, no camping, no overnight parking, no glass containers, pets must be leashed, no firearms, no dumping, no disorderly conduct
Seasonality- may not be plowed in winter, picnic tables removed
Ecosystem- small bayou with access to large-size inland lake (Hamlin)
Other points of interest- Hamlin Lake connects with Ludington State Park and Nordhouse Dunes. Long Skinny Park is 0.25 miles north.
Most recent date this info personally checked. August 2014
Maintained by- Hamlin Township
3775 North Jebavy Drive
Ludington, MI 49431
Phone: (231) 845-7801
Michigan DNR Mason County Lakes
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Drive north on Lakeshore Drive from Ludington at the west end of Ludington Avenue. Watch for a right turn where M-116 continues straight (bearing left) to the state park, but turn right to continue on Lakeshore. Reach South Bayou park in approximately 1.5 miles.


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