boating

Having Fun!

Grab a paddleboard… 

Rent a pontoon… 

Launch a jet ski… 

Enjoy the blue waters of Torch Lake!

Boating Safely!

Watch the Sky

Storms come up fast.

It’s unsafe to boat/swim during lightning storms.

Make your way to a safe harbor:

  • SE- Alden Dock
  • NW- Torch Lake Village

Common Courtesy

  • Observe the speed limit.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Pump your marine toilet at DeWitt’s Marine or Torch River Marine.
  • No mooring overnight.
  • Turn down loud music.
Image Source: Old Clam Lake Postcard

Public Boat Launches

  • 6 around the Torch Lake.
  • Please use public restrooms.
  • Maintained by local townships & MDNR.
  • Pay the $11 fee at MDNR launches.
  • Respect the neighbors’ private property.

 Free Printable

Public Boat Launches Map (.pdf)

Prevent Accidents

  • Don’t turn around in the river.
  • Clam River flows INTO Torch Lake.
  • Torch River flows OUT OF Torch Lake.
  • Stay 100’ away from a person in the water, other boats, rafts and docks.
  • Steer clear of the points of land jutting into the lake. Many are surrounded by shallow water.

Protect Wildlife

  • Loons are threatened in Michigan.
  • Slow down and keep your distance.
  • Enjoy watching these special birds.

Protect Torch Lake

Before you come to Torch Lake, Clean, drain and dry your boat to prevent the spread of invasive species.

 Free Printable

Torch Lake Paddling Trails (.pdf)

Links

Report Violations- Call 911

Know the Law – Michigan Boating Rules and Regulations

Don't just wish that Torch Lake will stay blue.
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