If you are looking to tour a lake this summer, how about 12 Mile Lake? I picked 12 Mile because my family used to have a cottage on this lake and it is beautiful. There is also the option of extending your tour into Little Boshkung and Big Boshkung Lake if you are feeling adventurous.

12MileLakeMapThere are two boat launches, one at the Wedgewood Marina for a small fee and one at Little Boshkung Lake off of 118. The Little Boshkung launch is a little bit trickier with no docks to tie the boat to so you may have to get a little wet. My suggestion is to start at Wedgewood Marina and travel out the bay through the middle of the narrows, as the right side is a little shallow. Shortly after you are out of the narrow part and into the lake, start your tour on the right (East) side of the lake and follow it around. Once you have traveled about ¾ of the lake you will come to a narrow opening into Little Boshkung Lake, head in and explore.

If you choose to go into Big Boshkung Lake, head under the highway bridge but be careful navigating your way through here as it is shallow even though it is deep enough for most boats. The earlier in the season you go the easier it is because during August the water levels drop. Big Boshkung is a good size lake and Beautiful to explore, great rocky shorelines with towering trees. At the very northern end is Buttermilk Falls, that might be a stop for another day when you are in your car.

All in all the 12 Mile Lake boat tour can be a quick tour or one that takes you all day. It is a good idea to pack a lunch and wear your bathing suites, as there are public beaches to stop at on the East side. Another fun option would be to grab lunch at The Red Umbrella Inn also on the East side. There are docks to tie your boat to and make it easy. This restaurant can also be accessed by car off of Hwy 35 making it a great dinner option at the end of your trip.

If you want to fish along the way there are Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Lake Whitefish and Lake Trout. Good Luck! Don’t forget your fishing license.

There is over 12km in boating to enjoy. 12 Mile Lake reaches depths over 200 ft in some spots even though most of it is roughly 40 ft deep.

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Kyle H.

Kyle H.


Each weekend my wife, baby and I climb into my Chevy Colorado... aka the white sheep… aka the cottage vehicle and drive up to the cottage in hopes to make it up before the sunset or in time for a quick ski or for dinner. We are really hoping to fit in all three! But, if we don't get it all in Friday night, we still have the rest of the weekend to do that plus… play games, BBQ's, see friends and family, campfires, swimming, skating, tobogganing, beers, pranks, boating, cliff jumping, rope swings, water falls, river rides, fire works, relax and so much more! I love the cottage and everything that goes with it.