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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 Michigan

The beautiful Lake of the Clouds

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.

Lake of the Clouds Michigan

Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains

Lake of the Clouds Porcupine Mountains

Big Carp River flows out of Lake of the Clouds to rendezvous with another beautiful lake – Lake Superior

Lake of the Clouds Upper Peninsula Michigan

Another fantastic view

Lake of the Clouds overlook

The scenery at the Lake of the Clouds overlook is not bad in the other direction either

Lake of the Clouds Michigan

Lake of the Clouds from the ground level

Lake of the Clouds Michigan

The Big Carp River snaking its way into the colorful distance

Lake of the Clouds Porcupine Mountains

One more view of this majestic lake amid a fiery background

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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