About the Lakes
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 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.
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.