In mid September we trailered to Northern Michigan for a weekend on Torch Lake. Weekends like this is why we downsized to a bowrider. The lake is so clear and blue in color,it's 18 miles long and the shores are lined with houses and cottages. Here are a few pictures.
Sunrise view from our hotel room.
Some lake shots
After about 6 hours of cruising on Torch Lake, Lake Skegamog and Elk Lake. My wife and I stopped at the Torch Lake sand bar for a swim. Water temp was 72 degrees, and we were the only boat at the sandbar.
Back at the hotel room we had, which was right on the lake.
We had so much fun boating that weekend, we are going back next summer for a whole week.
Great pictures....we ran out of time to make it there this summer. Did you make it to the Dockside? Nice place to stay, just no A/C for those hot summer nights but rather a lake to swim in 10 steps out your door. We stayed at that same spot we love Torch and will be back also. We sat in those Adirondack Chairs with out feet in the water for one whole afternoon just people/boat watching. Anyone who hasn't been doesn't know what they are missing.
Last edited by Brian S; 10/13/1203:41 PM. Reason: adirondack sp
We love Torch Lake, visited 3 times this year. We have friends with a place at the north end, we helped them set up and tear down this year and had a visit mid-way as well. Dockside is one of my favorite stops, usually after a hike in the Grass Lake nature area that's just up the river from Dockside. They've got a dock and a visitors center that the kids have a ball visiting.
While we didn't make it all the way to THE sandbar this year, we've been there plenty of times. We hung out on a couple towards the north end this year, a bit less crowded.
That 'splains yo mama being in the water! That's sure some beautiful country up there.
I lived in Gaylord in the late 60's for a year and got to explore much of the north end of the lower peninsula. I could tell ya about the time I wrecked my car on Old Mission Point, but that's a whole different story and not worthy of BABC.
OH, if you think you have boated in "God's country" and have not been to Torch Lake, or Northern Michigan for that matter, you have not experienced it yet. Yes it's a long tow, but I guarantee it will be well worth it.
I have never been to Michigan before, the closest I have was driving on Rt90 in Indiana. A trip like this would get us up there mid Sunday afternoon and allow us to be on the water Monday through Friday before leaving on Saturday and getting home on Sunday. Not all too bad as I can cross off that I have been in Michigan and get to boat on water like what is shown in the pictures while still being in fresh water.
OH, if you ever do decide to make the trip to Torch, this is what the area looks like from an Aerial view, with Elk Lake to the left and farther left is Lake Michigan. The torch lake sand bar is on the south(bottom)end of the lake.
Also, if you go around the 4th of July, the sand bar will not be as peaceful as it was in mid September, it will look very similar to this.