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Starvation Lake

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Street: Jack Pine Rd Mancelona Michigan
Zip Code: 49659
County: Kalkaska
Longitude: -84.94787
Latitude: 44.84666
  • Public
  • Some Public Access

Acreage: 125
Lake Amenities:
  • Boat Launch

Description: Starvation Lake is located in Blue Lake Township, in Northern Kalkaska County. This Michigan lake has 125 acres of surface waters with reported depths of 45 feet. Starvation Lake is approximately 0.8 miles in length.

Prior to the area being developed with lakefront cottages, cabins and homes, the area surrounding Starvation Lake, was used primarily for fishing and hunting. Local legend tells us that a hunter was setting traps along lakefront when he got trapped in one of his own traps. Before help arrived, he had died from starvation.

Another local story is that criminals were hiding out in a cabin in the area, there was a heavy snow fall, they could not make it to town, so they were stranded there and died from starvation.

Hence, the unusual name of this Michigan lake, believe it or not.

There is a public access site on the Northern side of the lake, just off Starvation Lake Road. The site has a hard surface ramp, toilets and parking for 6 cars.

Fishermen report catches of Smallmouth Bass.

Starvation Lake is North from Eagle Lake (34 acres) and Waddell Lake.

Starvation Lake Map


Starvation Lake Store, Mancelona Michigan

  starvation lake  
  July 28, 1962

Hi Ruth,

This is the store by the lake where we would buy things like milk, bread and eggs, etc. In back to the right is the lake. Today is the first nice day, sunny.

Bye Now,


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