Paw Paw Lake

Paw Paw Lake is the largest lake in Berrien County, Michigan, covering an area of approximately 857 acres (347 hectares) . Located in Coloma Township and Watervliet Township, the lake was once a popular tourist destination in the early 20th century. The area surrounding the lake even became a census-designated place with the same name.

Books about Paw Paw Lake:

Paw Paw Lake Fun Book: A Fun and Educational Book About Paw Paw Lake


The lake boasts a maximum depth of 90 feet (27 meters) and is popular for a variety of recreational activities, including:

  • Boating: Paw Paw Lake is a great spot for boating, with several public access points around the lake, including a county park that offers a boat launch.

  • Fishing: The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including walleye, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and panfish, making it a favorite among anglers.

  • Swimming: With its clean waters and sandy beaches, Paw Paw Lake is a perfect place for a refreshing swim on a hot summer day.

The Paw Paw Lake Association (PPLA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the health, safety, and habitat of the lake They hold monthly meetings and keep residents informed about the latest happenings around the lake.


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