Maple Lake Association

Welcome to the Maple Lake Association

Maple Lake lies in the heart of the Village of Paw Paw, Michigan. Downtown sits on the south end of the lake, where the East Branch and the West Branch of the Paw Paw River meet. From the north end of the lake, the Paw Paw River continues its run all the way to St. Joseph/Benton Harbor where it joins the St.Joseph River before flowing into Lake Michigan.

Maple Lake was created by the Village of Paw Paw by erecting a hydropower dam 27-feet high in 1907 on the north side of the lake. Maple Lake is 172 acres in size and has a maximum depth of about 15 feet. Depths can vary over time because the flow-through system acts as a sediment basin. The deepest areas are associated with the old river channel.

Fishing on Maple Lake is excellent all year long. Our fish species include: perch, bluegill, catfish, bass, northern pike, walleye and carp. Bring plenty of bait!

Maple Lake Weed Info

Weed Control History
Weed Control 2010



Maple Lake Tips

Anchoring: we suggest a 7:1 scope.

Scope is the nautical term used to describe the water depth, to length of line ratio to get anchors to hold well. To do this, measure from the boat's anchor point to the lake bottom and multiply by 7. That is the amount of rode you should use to securely set your anchor.

For example: 10 ft depth + 3 ft water to boat = 13 ft x 7 scope ratio = 91 ft of rode to set your anchor.

Upcoming MLA Events

  • May 17, Open Board Meeting, 7:00 Township Hall
  • Jun 21, Open Board Meeting, 7:00 Township Hall
  • Jun 23, Sandbar Tie Up, 6:30
  • Jul 14, Ladies of the Lake
  • Jul 19, Open Board Meeting, 7:00 Township Hall
  • Jul 21, Sandbar Tie Up, 6:30
  • Aug 16, Open Board Meeting, 7:00 Township Hall
  • Aug 18, Sandbar Tie Up, 6:30
  • Sep 2, Maple Island, Potluck, 5:30 on Maple Island, meat is furnished, bring a dish to pass
  • Oct 18, Open Board Meeting, 7:00 Township Hall
  • Nov 15, Open Board Meeting, 7:00 Township Hall
  • Dec 2 Christmas Dinner Party, 5:30 at LaCantina
  • Dec 20, Open Board Meeting, 7:00 Township Hall
  • Upcoming Events/Seminars

  • MDEQ Symposium: May 14-17, 2018, 5th National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium
  • Newsworthy

    MLSA March Newsletter - (posted 3/15/18)

    Briggs Dam Updates w/ Photos - (posted 3/14/18)

    Teaching Children the Importance of Fish and Wildlife Conservation - (posted 2/14/18)

    MSLA February Newsletter - (posted 2/6/18)

    Drawdown Impact Study - (posted 2/5/18)

    Briggs Dam Updates - (posted 2/5/18)

    Briggs Dam Update Design - (posted 2/5/18)

    More Ethanol In Ontario's Gasoline Could Mean More Algae In Lake Erie - (posted 1/26/18)

    Briggs Dam and Parks Updates - (posted 1/16/18)

    MSLA January Newsletter - (posted 1/16/18)

    Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership Newsletter - (posted 1/15/18)

    Briggs Dam Updates - (posted 1/11/18)

    DNR - Aquatic Invasive Species Program - (posted 12/22/17)

    MSLA December Newsletter - (posted 12/18/17)

    DEQ Water Quality Results - (posted 11/17/17)

    MSLA November Newsletter - (posted 11/11/17)

    VBCD Newsletter - (posted 11/10/17)

    Briggs Mill Dam Update - (posted 11/01/17)

    Briggs Mill Dam Update - (posted 10/26/17)

    Briggs Mill Dam - (posted 10/18/17)

    MSLA Newsletter - (posted 9/14/17)

    MLA Algae Bloom Report - (posted 7/21/17)

    Algae, A Naturally-Occurring Phenomen (DEQ Publication) - (posted 7/20/17)

    Great Lakes Costal Dunes Survey - (posted 6/28/17)

    Michigan's Newest Invasive Species - The Flowering Rush - (posted 6/21/17)

    Spring Newsletter - (posted 5/19/17)

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    Resources & Links

    Note, we are sharing (not endorsing) these links

    Organic Ponds
    Lake Water Clarifier & Digester for excess sludge, muck and more.
    LakeMat Weed Control
    Muck Away (available on line)
    Maple Lake Mgt. Plan & Study
    Paddle Paw Paw
    Michigan Fishing Regulations
    Protecting Our Waters
    Invasive Weeds
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