About the Lakes


Torch Lake

Torch Lake, renowned for its strikingly clear turquoise waters, is a jewel in Northern Michigan's Chain of Lakes. It's the state's second-largest inland lake and the deepest, creating a haven for various recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming. Torch Lake is especially famous for its large sandbar, a popular gathering spot for boaters and a great place for swimming and socializing. The lake's unique color and clarity, often compared to Caribbean waters, along with its rich biodiversity, make it a highly sought-after destination for both residents and tourists.

The Chain of Lakes

The Chain of Lakes is a remarkable series of interconnected lakes and rivers that create a unique and diverse aquatic system. This chain, extending over several counties, includes notable lakes such as Torch Lake, Elk Lake, Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake, Intermediate Lake, and Lake Skegemog, as well as the Upper Lakes including Central, Hanley, Benway, Wilson, Ellsworth, St. Clair and Six Mile.

These lakes vary in size, depth, and character, offering a wide range of recreational opportunities like boating, fishing, swimming, and watersports.

The region is known for its natural beauty, with crystal-clear waters, lush surroundings, and abundant wildlife.

The Chain of Lakes also supports a variety of fish species, making it a popular destination for anglers.

The towns and communities around these lakes offer charming shopping, dining, and cultural experiences, enhancing the appeal of this picturesque region.

elk lake

Elk Lake

Elk Lake offers crystal-clear waters, stretching approximately nine miles long and a mile and a half wide. This glacial lake, with its impressive maximum depth of 192 feet, makes it Michigan's second deepest. 


Clam Lake

Clam Lake was formed by glacial activity and spans 437 acres with a maximum depth of 27 feet. The lake's diverse fish population includes species like northern pike, yellow perch, bass, and crappie, making it a favored spot for anglers.

Lake Skegemog

Lake Skegemog is a freshwater haven covering 2,766 acres. The lake is home to a variety of species like muskellunge, walleye, brown trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, rock bass, northern pike, yellow perch, and crappie.


Intermediate Lake

Intermediate Lake has an area of 1,569 acres and a maximum depth of 69 feet. This lake is popular for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and swimming. Its diverse fish population includes species like walleye, bass, perch, and trout.

Lake Bellaire

Lake Bellaire spans 1,789 acres and reaches a maximum depth of 95 feet. Surrounded by wetlands, it is a habitat for a variety of wildlife and supports a diverse fishery, including species like whitefish, perch, northern pike, bass, and trout.