Big Burt Lake is the focus of its namesake state park (6635 State Dr., Indian River, 231/238-9392, state park vehicle permit required), located at the lake’s southern end. Anglers flock to this 10-mile-long lake, known as one of the best fisheries in the state for walleye, panfish, and bass—but especially walleye. Swimmers seek it out, too, since a soft sand beach runs the entire length of the park.
Burt Lake State Park has two boat launches, one located next to a popular campground with 375 modern sites ($22). The park offers little in the way of hiking, but does have a nifty observation tower that gives you a great view of the lake.