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    Outdoors sportsmen and women can explore over 100 lakes, numerous streams, the Muskegon River and thousands of acres of state land. From lake finders and state maps to where you can purchase your licenses, we have all the details you have been hunting for in the great outdoors.

    So you know what you are fishing for but not sure where to find it? Check out the Michigan Lake Finder for Mecosta County link for more information.

    Additional fishing information for Mecosta County can be found on line at the Paris Fish HatcheryHaymarsh Game Area and Mecosta County Parks

    For fishing that is completely accessible to all, the Big Rapids Riverwalk is an award winning, multifunctional planked pathway with fishing platforms, benches, bike racks, and picnic areas on either side of the 250 foot wooden bridge that spans the Muskegon River. 

    Click here to buy a fishing license online!

    Click here to find out where you can purchase a fishing license in person! 

    No matter what time of year it is or how experienced of an angler you are, you are sure to enjoy an adventure here in the greater Big Rapids area. From tip ups in the winter months to trolling in the spring or just kicking back and relaxing in the summer months to see where the current takes you. Once you experience fishing in Mecosta County you’ll be hooked.

    Save time and get out on the water a little more quickly by purchasing your fishing license on line at Michigan DNR e-license

    If you have your own boat and are looking for just the right spot to drop in, check out our Boat Launch Director noting launch location, courtesy pier and bathroom availability along with water acreage - Boat Launch Directory. 


    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has resources available for fishing:

    DNR Website

    Roadmaps to Fishing Michigan's Great Lakes (DNR)

    Fishing (DNR)

    2019 Fishing Guide (DNR)


    Enjoy fishing Mecosta County with your friends and family.  A day, a week or a lifetime... we are glad you stopped by.




  • Places to Stay

    Country Inn & Suites

    15344 Waldron Way
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center

    1005 Perry Street
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Hampton Inn & Suites

    15320 Waldron Way 
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Quality Inn & Suites

    1705 S. State St.
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Super 8 Motel

    845 Water Tower Rd.
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    The Hideaway

    11969 Tullymore Dr.
    Stanwood, MI 49346

    The Inn at St. Ives

    9940 St. Ives Dr.
    Stanwood, MI 49346

    Morley Motel 

    2097 Northland Dr.
    Morley, MI 49336
    (231) 856-7820