Indian River rests at the heart of the Inland Waterway, a 38-mile passage which includes two of Michigan's largest inland lakes. The waterway begins with Crooked Lake in Conway, six miles north of Petoskey and continues through the Crooked River, Burt Lake, Indian River, Mullett Lake and the Cheboygan River finally emptying out into Lake Huron at Cheboygan.
The waterway is navigable by power boats up to approximately 30 feet in length. Bridges and water depth affects sailboats in the river, but Burt and Mullett Lakes are excellent for sailing.
Burt and Mullett Lakes are the fourth and fifth largest inland lakes in Michigan. Burt Lake covers an area of approximately 26 square miles with a maximum depth of approximately 73 feet. Mullett Lake also covers approximately 26 square miles, but has a maximum depth of 120 feet. There are several full service marinas, launch sites, public dockage areas and also restaurants along the Inland Waterway.