Welcome to Cottonwood Resort, located on Wildwood Beach Road in Quincy, Michigan. Our campground is on Marble Lake which is the first lake of The Chain of Lakes. Marble Lake is 17 miles long and approximately 780 acres (over 3,500 acres in the entire chain). We have restrooms, picnic facilities, a large private beach, and a boat launch right next door. The Chain of Lakes is an "all sports" chain for all your watersports activities, whether it's fishing, kayaking, paddle boating, canoeing, tubing, skiing, jet skiing, or just chilling at the sand bars!
Cottonwood Resort offers nearly 100 campsites with modern facilities on Marble Lake. We have five cottages with two and three bedrooms, fully furnished kitchens, beautiful sandy beach for swimming including two swimming rafts - one in shallow water for the little ones and one in deeper water. Our store features hand-dipped ice cream, Marble Lake clothing, "Lake Girl" clothing line, beach towels, tote bags, custom-fit silver and gold Hawaiin toe rings, coffee mugs, signs, bait and much more. Pets welcome on leashes (except in cottages).
MARBLE CHAIN OF LAKES
The whole Marble Chain of lakes system has a healthy population of bass up in the 16- to 18-inch mark. There is very diverse vegetation available, including bulrushes, lily pads and cattail wetlands, which encourages bass growth. In Marble Lake itself the fish are in the 10- to 14-inch range because the lake is deeper and colder, and the rate of growth is slower. The other lakes in the chain have both good numbers and growth rates of bass.
The Marble Chain east of Interstate 69 and south of U.S. 12 includes Coldwater, Long, Mud, Bartholemew, Archer, Marble and First lakes, and it covers over 3,500 acres of widely varying habitat. Deep coldwater haunts are connected by channels to shallow pond-like environments where the largemouths can pick and choose.
Coldwater Lake is the largest in the chain at 1,610 acres. Shallow spawning areas in the southern section of the lake like Peninsula Beach are spring hotspots. Access is off Waxson Road on the northwest corner.
Marble is the next largest lake at 780 acres. The northern tip warms up quickly in the spring.
The other waters in the chain have limited access, with the exception of a ramp off the channel between Marble and Long lakes. These waters offer a nice combination of deep water and weedy shallows where bass thrive on the abundant panfish. Taking the time to venture into these smaller lakes can lead to some great spring bassing.
Contact the Southern Lake Michigan Management Unit at (269) 685-6851 for more information regarding the lakes. The Branch County Tourism Bureau can be reached at 1-800-968-9333.