The Ryerson Lake Association


The Lake Association consists of residents that own properties around the lake, which includes Camp Echo.  Your $25 per year dues pay to maintain the boat launch, stock fish, half of the cost of the July 4th fireworks (the other half by Camp Echo) and this website.

Everyone on the lake benefits from what the association does, so please encourage your neighbors to join.

Association members are encouraged to post photographs, lost and found and calendar events on our website

Camp Echo’s Annual Fundraising Initiative


The goal is to send 300 campers to camp that wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. To do this, an additional $140,000 is needed by June 1 and we need your help. Camp Echo’s impact is real and few places strengthen community as significantly, with intentional focus on safety, community, and personal growth for ALL.

The easiest way to give is via an online gift: Give to Echo. Please consider a recurring gift to amplify your impact. Every dollar given is spent directly on getting campers to camp and enhancing the camper experience.

Another great opportunity to support our cause is by attending our Send a Camper event on April 13 at the Evanston Ecology Center. Save the date now; tickets will be available in early March!

Join us, and our inspirational donors, in making the world a better, safer place for young people.

Lake History

The Summer Resort that Started on a Shoe String Budget

Written by Mrs. Fred (Bertha) Coburn


About the Lake

The bottom of Ryerson Lake was first mapped in the early 1940s by the Michigan Conservation Department.   The lake has a surface area of 250 acres and a watershed area of 3,847 acres, a ratio of 1:15.4.  The maximum recorded depth of the lake is 82 feet, and the average depth of Ryerson Lake is 27 feet.  Despite having large areas of deep water, Ryerson Lake also contains shallow sand and marl areas.  These shallow areas support aquatic plants and provide quality hapitat for fish and wildlife.  The shoreline of Ryerson Lake is over four miles long, and there are four small tributaries flow into Ryerson Lake.

Ryerson Lake’s outlet at the south end flows to Ludke Drain, through Kimball and Pickerel Lakes, and into Penoyer Creek which, in turn, flows into the Muskegon River and into Lake Michigan.  There are approximately 230 feet of fall between Ryerson Lake and Lake Michigan.

Boating Rules

Operating Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

No Wake All Other Hours

Travel in a Counter-Clockwise Direction

All Watercraft Must Obey These and all Other State Laws


Fishing regulations for 2018 through 2019. Ryerson Lake is still listed in the 5 Pike per day and only 1 over 24 inches.

Please remember NOT to fish on spawning beds for any type of fish.  This will help improve our lake for fishing if we adhere to this request.  Please remind any guests that you have invited to fish with you.


Beach Sand Regulations

Please keep in mind that you need to get a permit from the Newaygo County Drain Commissioner.  To put sand in the lake, you need to get a permit from the Michigan DEQ.