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Carefree Boat Club of Gull Lake

Gull Lake History

Gull Lake is sandwiched between the northeast of Kalamazoo County and the south of Barry County very close to Richland, Michigan. It is a beautiful spring fed lake with gorgeous color, wonderful fishing, sandbar fun, and 18.5 miles of shoreline. People have been visiting Gull Lake for hundreds of years. 

The families of UpJohn, Glimore, Kellogg and other well-known names had family homes on this lake for generations. Walt Disney visited in Sept 1964 and rode on a steamboat around the lake. 

Famous sites around Gull Lake include Lover’s Lane, Midland Park, Cresent Beach, and Island Channel. 

Gull lake is known for its sailboats for annual wooden starboat regatta. Olympic competitors would come and train on Gull Lake and even ice boats flying over the frozen lake with sails in the winter

Many businesses have enjoyed a long history on the shores as well like the Gull Lake Inn, the Gull Lake Country Club, Gull Lake Ministries, etc. 

Gull Lake Marine BAYSIDE at Gull Lake location is the home marina for Carefree Boat Club of Gull Lake. Gull Lake Marine has a rich history with Gull Lake helping prep sailboats and wooden Chris Crafts from the 1920’s and beyond.

BAYSIDE now features an extensive Pro-Shop and serves as the Hobie and Jackson Kayak Outfitters carrying all the latest products from the world-class leader in kayaks, paddleboards, and SUP’s. This location also offers a full-service fuel dock. In addition, this BAYSIDE location maintains two marinas with over 75 wet-slips on Gull Lake. It also runs a boat rental operation with pontoons. Additionally, Gull Lake Marine partners with Surfs UP, a team of instructors that teach wake ski and wake boat driving on multiple lakes. 

Since 1911, Gull Lake Marine has provided their customers with the very best in all aspects of boating, putting customers ‘First on the Water’ every step of the way.

Special thanks to the Gull Lake History Page on Facebook. Images speak 1000 words and these tell a rich and full story of the last 100 years on Gull Lake.