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.

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.

Image Source: Old Clam Lake Postcard

Torch Lake Boating Trail  (.pdf)

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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.

Public Boat Launches Map (.pdf)

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Torch Lake Paddling Trails (.pdf)

Free Printable

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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