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!
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.
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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
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