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Torch-Lake has been ranked by National Geographic as "the third most beautiful lake in the world." At 18 miles long, it is Michigan's longest lake, and is the state's second largest lake, covering an area of 29 square miles. Torch Lake is located in northwestern Michigan's lower peninsula in what is referred to as the area's "chain of lakes" region. Many lakes and rivers run through the rolling hills from the town of Bellaire to Elk Rapids. One of the things that makes Torch Lake so beautiful is its' unusual color - a mixture of pastel green, blue and turquoise. Some have called it a "Caribbean Blue." The Torch Lake area abounds with recreational opportunities such as swimming, boating, sailing, kayaking, hiking and biking, and much, much more. The average depth of Torch Lake is over 200 feet, making it a good habitat for trout and a great fishing lake. Other species in the lake are rock bass, yellow perch, small mouth bass, lake trout, brown and rainbow trout. Just three miles from Torch Lake is the quaint town of Alden with shopping and restaurants, and the larger cities of Traverse City, Charlevoix, Gaylord and Petosky are thirty minutes to an hour away.

Surrounding areas: Old Mission, Michigan (10.0 mi), Bellaire, Michigan (10.1 mi), Elk Rapids, Michigan (12.6 mi), Northport, Michigan (13.2 mi), Elk Lake, Michigan (15.0 mi), Suttons Bay, Michigan (15.9 mi), Charlevoix, Michigan (17.4 mi)

Torch Lake Vacation Rentals

Torch Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Shanty CreekOne Shanty Creek RdBellaire, MI9.8 mi.(231) 533-8621
Elk Rapids Beach Resort8975 N Bayshore DrElk Rapids, MI12.0 mi.(231) 264-6400
Torch Timbers Inn9260 Se Torch LK DrAlden, MI14.0 mi.(231) 331-4050
Century Farms2421 N Jacobson RdSuttons Bay, MI14.4 mi.(231) 271-2421
Americinn Lodge & Suites11800 US 31 NCharlevoix, MI17.5 mi.(231) 237-0988
Sleep In Hotel801 Petoskey AveCharlevoix, MI18.2 mi.(231) 547-0300
Water Street Inn200 Front StBoyne City, MI19.2 mi.(231) 582-3000
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3536 Mt Hope RdAcme, MI22.1 mi.(231) 938-2600
Sleep Inn And Suites5520 US 31 NAcme, MI22.1 mi.(231) 938-7000
Boyne Mountain Resort02800 Boyne Mountain RdBoyne Falls, MI22.5 mi.(800) 462-6963
Best Western Four Seasons305 Munson AveTraverse City, MI24.3 mi.(231) 946-8424
Days Inn And Suites Traverse City420 Munson AveTraverse City, MI24.4 mi.(231) 941-0208
Travelodge & Suites-traverse City460 Munson AveTraverse City, MI24.4 mi.(231) 947-5436
Traverse Victorian Inn461 Munson AveTraverse City, MI24.4 mi.(231) 947-5525
Bayshore Resort833 E Front StTraverse City, MI24.6 mi.(231) 935-4400
Dicksons Lodge2000 SpringveleWalloon Lake, MI24.6 mi.(231) 535-2415
Econo Lodge703 N Cedar StKalkaska, MI24.9 mi.(231) 258-9119
Americinn Motel & Suites1614 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 938-0288
Baymont Inn & Suites2326 North US 31 SouthTraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 933-4454
Econo Lodge1065 M 37 STraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 943-3040
Fairfield Inn By Marriott--Traverse City3701 N County DrTraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 922-7900
Grand Beach Resort Hotel1683 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 938-4455
Great Wolf Lodge3575 N Hwy US 31 STraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 941-3600
Hampton Inn - Traverse City100 US 31 NTraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 946-8900
Hampton Inn1000 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 946-8900
Knights Inn1941 US 31 NTraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 938-1900
Quality Inn1492 US 31 NTraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 929-4423
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 938-0100
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 US 31 NTraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 938-0100
Super 8 Motel1870 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 938-1887
Traverse Bay Inn2300 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 938-2646
Traverse City Courtyard3615 W S Airport RdTraverse City, MI25.1 mi.(231) 929-1800
Park Place Hotel300 E State StTraverse City, MI25.2 mi.(231) 946-5000
Inn At Bay Harbor3600 Village Harbor DrBay Harbor, MI26.5 mi.(231) 549-6040
Super 8 Motel2645 Charlevoix AvePetoskey, MI26.5 mi.(231) 439-8000
Comfort Inn Petoskey1314 US 31 NPetoskey, MI28.4 mi.(231) 347-3220
Days Inn Petoskey1420 US 131 SouthPetoskey, MI28.4 mi.(231) 234-3900
Econo Lodge - Petoskey1858 US 131 SPetoskey, MI28.4 mi.(231) 348-3324
Econo Lodge South1859 Us Hwy 131 SPetoskey, MI28.4 mi.(231) 348-3324
Hampton Inn & Suites920 Spring St US 131Petoskey, MI28.4 mi.(231) 348-9555
Bed & Breakfast
Cairn House Bed & Breakfast8160 Cairn HwyElk Rapids, MI11.2 mi.(231) 264-8994
Deer Lake Bed & Breakfast631 E Deer LK RdBoyne City, MI19.4 mi.(231) 582-9039

Torch Lake Weather & Climate

Four distinct seasons with a lake effect that is quite strong during much of the year describes the climate of the northern region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The lake effect increases cloudiness and snowfall during late fall and winter, and also modifies the temperatures - keeping them cooler in the summer. The weather in the Great Lakes region is known for being very changeable. An old saying goes, "If you don't like the weather, wait a day and it will change." The "Chain of Lakes Region" in northwest Michigan sees a lot of moisture throughout the year in the form of showers and thunderstorms during the summer and snow and ice during the winter. In winter, the humidity from the lake condenses as snow when it reaches land, creating quite heavy snowfalls in some areas. During the winter, the temperature of the lakes continues to drop, and ice sometimes covers portions of the lakes. Summers are warm, but periods of extreme heat and humidity are infrequent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 12°F 2.09 in. -
February 32°F 11°F 1.22 in. -
March 41°F 19°F 1.63 in. -
April 55°F 30°F 2.36 in. -
May 69°F 40°F 2.63 in. -
June 77°F 48°F 2.80 in. -
July 81°F 54°F 3.04 in. -
August 79°F 52°F 3.59 in. -
September 71°F 45°F 3.98 in. -
October 60°F 37°F 3.56 in. -
November 45°F 28°F 2.88 in. -
December 33°F 19°F 2.36 in. -

Torch Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located about 25 miles southwest of Torch Lake in Traverse City, Michigan, the Otsego County airport (GLR) located approximately 32 miles east of Torch Lake in Gaylord, Michigan, the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located roughly 43 miles northeast of Torch Lake in Pellston, Michigan, and finally the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located around 70 miles southwest of Torch Lake in Manistee, Michigan.

Torch Lake Attractions

Golf Courses
Antrim Dells Golf ClubEllsworthMI8.2 mi.
Bellaire Golf ClubBellaireMI10.1 mi.
Chief Golf CourseBellaireMI10.1 mi.
Farm Golf ClubBellaireMI10.1 mi.
Hawks Eye Golf ClubBellaireMI10.1 mi.
Elk Rapids Golf CourseElk RapidsMI12.6 mi.
Mallard Golf ClubEast JordanMI12.7 mi.
Ye Nyne Olde HollesEast JordanMI12.7 mi.
Belvedere Golf ClubCharlevoixMI17.4 mi.
Charlevoix Country ClubCharlevoixMI17.4 mi.
Charlevoix Golf CourseCharlevoixMI17.4 mi.
Dunmaglas Golf CourseCharlevoixMI17.4 mi.
Veronica Valley Golf CourseLake LeelanauMI18.4 mi.
Lakes of the North Deer Run Golf CourseMancelonaMI19.0 mi.
Windmill Farm of MancelonaMancelonaMI19.0 mi.
High Pointe Golf ClubWilliamsburgMI21.2 mi.
Springbrook Golf ClubWalloon LakeMI24.5 mi.
Bay Meadows Golf CourseTraverse CityMI25.1 mi.
Crown Golf CourseTraverse CityMI25.1 mi.
Elmbrook Golf CourseTraverse CityMI25.1 mi.
Grandview Golf ClubKalkaskaMI25.1 mi.
Mitchell Creek Golf CourseTraverse CityMI25.1 mi.
Timber Wolf Golf ClubKalkaskaMI25.1 mi.
Twin Birch Golf ClubKalkaskaMI25.1 mi.
Crooked Tree Golf ClubPetoskeyMI27.8 mi.
Cedar Hills Golf CourseTraverse CityMI28.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Shanty CreekBellaireMI9.8 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI22.5 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI26.5 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI30.4 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI33.0 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI33.5 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI47.9 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI56.9 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI113.4 mi.
State Parks
Young State ParkMI18.9 mi. 
Traverse City State ParkMI25.0 mi. 
Otsego Lake State ParkMI34.6 mi. 
D H Day State ParkMI34.8 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI37.1 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI25.1 mi.(Multidisciplinary)

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