A small but pleasant chain of lakes is the highlight of Bewabic State Park (720 Idlewild Rd., Crystal Falls, 906/875-3324, state park vehicle permit required), located five miles west of Crystal Falls. Boaters can put in at the first of the Fortune Lakes and make their way to Fourth Lake, an easy day’s paddling adventure. Though First Lake can be somewhat frenetic on summer weekends, the waters get quieter and downright pristine as you proceed down the chain.
Most of the shoreline is dotted with cottages, though you can camp on state-owned land bordering Third Lake.
Fishing for perch and bass is best on First Lake, the largest (192 acres) and deepest (72 feet). Paddlers can escape fishing boats by darting under the low U.S. 2 bridge to Mud Lake.
Bewabic State Park has a modern 137-site campground ($10–20) with good privacy, a small stretch of sandy beach, tennis courts, and other amenities. For reservations, call 800/447-2757.