A quick google search for the most beautiful lakes in the world will not indicate Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains State Wilderness Area in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as one of them. If you scan different lists, the most beautiful lakes in the world consist of Lake Bled, Crater Lake, Plitivice Lake, and others found in places like Banff in Canada or New Zealand.
Lake of the Clouds Photo Essay
If you check out Lake of the Clouds in Michigan during the last week of September or the first couple weeks in October, you will be scratching your head and wondering why it is omitted from these lists. In fact, this lake does not even top the list of most beautiful lake in Michigan. The lake is beautiful at all times of the year, but nestled between mountains bursting with oranges, yellows, and reds it turns otherworldly. If you are a fan of fall foliage than place this park and lake on your list. It may not be the most beautiful lake in the world, but in fall it is a sight to behold.
If you are not a Michigan resident, the entry fee for the Porcupine Mountains is $8.00 a day or $29.00 annual per vehicle. I think one look at this lake is easily worth the price of admission.
For more information, check out the park website.
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