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Bass Lake
Culver Lake
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Eastern Shore of Bass Lake
Location of the lake in Michigan.
Location of the lake in Michigan.
Bass Lake
Location in Michigan
Location Grand Traverse County, Michigan (Long Lake Township & Green Lake Township)
Coordinates 44°41′26″N 85°42′39″W / 44.690560°N 85.710702°W / 44.690560; -85.710702
Etymology Abundance of Bass
Primary inflows Dyer Creek (Dyer Lake), Hendrie Creek
Primary outflows West Branch Beitner Creek, Cox Pond
Max. length 1.6 mi (2.6 km)
Max. width 3,327 ft (1.014 km)
Surface area 344 acres (139 ha)
Max. depth 28 ft (8.5 m)
Islands Namaste Island, Greene Island, Germaine Island, Caroline Island, Phantom Island

Bass Lake (formerly Culver Lake) is a lake in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. It is the largest of three lakes in the county called "Bass Lake" (the other two are located in Interlochen and Forest Lakes). It is naturally separated into two unequal sections, with a 199-foot (61 m) strait connecting the two. The northern section is simply known as Bass Lake, but the southern portion is occasionally known as Beitner Lake or Mulberry Lake. The lake is wedged between Long Lake to the west and Silver Lake to the east, both of which are bigger than Bass Lake.

The west branch of Beitner Creek flows out of the lake and into the Boardman River.

The nearest towns are Grawn and Traverse City.

A small settlement called Bass Lake sits on the eastern shore of the lake, at the end of Culver Road.

Most of the lake is located within Long Lake Township, but the southern portion of the lake extends into Green Lake Township.


Until 1955, Girl Scouts who wanted to camp had to go to Camp Greilick near Arbutus Lake, which was owned by the Boy Scouts (who also outed there). In the summer of that year, a girls scout camp opened on the southwestern shore of the lake known as Camp Sakakawea.


In the local area, Bass Lake is used for recreation. It is known locally is a common pike, bluegill and bass fishing lake (hence the name). Boaters on the lake, who commonly water ski on the lake, also visit Long and Darien islands, which are the largest islands in the lake. Boaters access the lake on the northwest shore.

People who live on the lake commonly own smaller cabin houses. Many small hotels are on the lake.

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