20 Years on Beautiful Torch Lake...

Where the Rainbow Stores Its Colors

Torch Lake Trivia & Fun Facts

Torch Lake Arial

Fun Facts:

Sitting on the 45th Parallel, Torch Lake is a spectacular 18-mile long glacial lake whose waters imitate the intense blue hues of the Caribbean.  Locals talk about, “5-color days”, when the lake sparkles with five distinct shades of blue and they are right, it does!

Torch Lake is part of a chain of 13 lakes that flow through Michigan’s Antrim County and is considered to be the third most beautiful lake in the world according to National Geographic, following Lake Geneva in Switzerland and Lake Louise in Canada.

Accessible by boat from Torch Lake are Clam Lake, Lake Bellaire, Lake Skegemog and Elk Lake.

Torch Lake gets its name from the Ojibwa name Was-wa-gon-ong or Place of the Torches.  Local tribes once fished by torch light to attract fish to their nets.  For a time it was called, "Torch Light Lake", by European settlers but eventually it was shortened to its current name, Torch Lake.

More Trivia:

  • 1st in water volume
  • Michigan’s 2nd largest Inland Lake
  • Length: 18 miles
  • Shoreline: 40.8 mile
  • Surface area: 18,770 acres
  • Average depth: 11’
  • Maximum depth: 315’
  • Maximum width: 2.35 miles

Area Notables:

  • Bruce Willis
  • Madonna
  • Tim Allen
  • Kid Rock
  • Eminem
  • Michael Moore