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Oakland County boasts more than 1,400 lakes and numerous streams stemming from its six major watersheds. One of the best ways to experience the county’s rich water resources is by fishing. Relax, wait to see what is living underneath the surface. There are many diverse places for anglers to toss a line into the water and try their luck.

The benefits of fishing include spending time near the water, seeing wildlife, experiencing the outdoors, and learning to appreciate Oakland County’s rich natural heritage. Better yet -- you might catch a meal!

From shore, docks or boats, five parks offer close-to-home fishing, year-round! 

The GO Fish! Mobile unit offers several options for fishing at your location or local park.

Parks with fishing lakes include: Addison Oaks, Groveland Oaks, Independence Oaks, Orion Oaks and Rose Oaks.  On April 1, 2012, Upper Bushman Lake at Independence Oaks-North became the only public access lake in southeast Michigan with a special Catch-and-Release-Only designation.

View a Map of Fishing Opportunities in Oakland County (file size 3.0 mb).  The map lists 74 public access sites throughout the county.

Learn more about ice fishing at Oakland County Parks.

Oakand County Parks fishing at a glance: