About Fulton County Lakes

A drive through Fulton County’s roads will readily reveal its irresistible charms: picture historic towns, charming communities, and beautiful barns. In addition to relaxing rural sceneries, the county is home to gorgeous lakes.


Lake Manitou

Lake Manitou

Located in the small and vibrant city of Rochester, Lake Manitou emerges as a tranquil haven. Spanning 775 acres, Lake Manitou is a spring and groundwater-fed gem surrounded by parks and nature preserves. Picturesque homes themed in the Victorian era line the lake’s shore. 

Just 45 miles south of South Bend, this all-sport lake offers an array of recreational activities, including fishing, boating, waterskiing, swimming, and kayaking. Anglers usually find channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, and white bass in the lake which has a maximum depth of 48 feet. A handicap-accessible fishing pier is available. For outdoor enthusiasts, nearby public golf courses and the scenic 40-mile Nickel Plate Trail are open for games and leisure.

In the 1900s, Lake Manitou flourished as a resort destination, hosting hotels and drawing visitors from far and wide to revel in the waters and dance parties. Nowadays, Lake Manitou remains a haven for water sports enthusiasts and avid anglers alike. The Lake Manitou Association holds a lively calendar of events, including boat parades and historic tours. Join the festivities and discover the timeless beauty Lake Manitou offers throughout the seasons.

Hosting Lake Manitou, Rochester offers a lot of history, cuisine, and natural beauty. As the county seat proudly known as "The City of Friendship and Pride," Rochester boasts a rich history, its roots stretching back to settlers from upstate New York and New England, with its name paying homage to the iconic city of Rochester in New York. 

Explore Rochester and discover history and art at the Fulton County Museum and Living History Village, Green Oak Antiques and the Round Barn Museum. Savor culinary delights at iconic local spots like Harvest Moon, Jarrety’s Place and Evergreen Eatery. Embrace local flair at the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings, celebrating community spirit. The city also hosts an airport and a strong public school system.

 Bruce Lake

Bruce Lake

Around 17 miles west of Rochester lies the secretly alluring Bruce Lake. This 245-acre gem on the Pulaski and Fulton County line is a bass fishing haven with a maximum depth of 34 feet, offering both serenity and angler's delight. It hosts diverse fish like muskie, panfish, crappies, bluegill and largemouth bass. A convenient boat ramp on the west shore ensures easy access, allowing anglers to explore its shimmering waters.

There are other smaller lakes in Fulton County, namely: Nyona Lake, South Mud Lake and Fletcher Lake, measuring 104, 94 and 43 acres, respectively.

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