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Intermediate Lake is located in Antrim County and close to the towns of Cental Lake and Bellaire. Intermediate Lake is one of the main lakes in the Upper Chain of Lakes which include Beals, Scotts, Six Mile, St. Clair, Ellsworth, Wilson, Benway, Hanley, and Intermediate River. The lake was formed when the Intermediate River was dammed in 1900 to provide hydroelectric power for the small town of Bellaire at the south end of the lake. Although no longer used for hydropower, the dam still serves to maintain the lake levels set by the county courts.
The 1,570-acre lake supports a coldwater fishery with maximum depths of 80 ft. The water clarity of Intermediate Lake fluctuates over time due to the inflow of multiple streams and run-off from higher ground. This does not affect the pristine quality of the water, however, and it continues to draw thousands of visitors yearly. Intermediate Lake provides one of the best rock and smallmouth bass fisheries in Michigan and occasionally hosts the Michigan Bass Federation’s annual championship tournament. Walleye, perch, northern pike and black crappie are also commonly caught. Ice fishing makes Intermediate Lake a popular winter destination, and many accommodations stay open year round.