Torch Lake Boating Trail
Cruise around the lake looking at cottages and
identifying landmarks as you go.
Here’s a guide and map for you.
Before you head out…
REMEMBER: inland lakes in Michigan have different rules from the Great Lakes.
- On Inland lakes, the shoreland and bottomlands are private property.
- Use only the Public Access points to reach the shore.
- Public Access Points vary in width, so stay within the boundaries.
Please respect all private property around the lake and do not trespass.
- Launch at Alden Harbor*, head north along the eastern shore, past the mouth of Clam River.
- From Clam River, continue north past Yacht Club Point—all the sailboats will help you identify this point.
- Enjoy a picnic at the Forest Home Township Family Day Park*.
- Continue to the north end of the lake.
- Take a beach break at the MDNR Boat Launch*.
- Loop around and travel south, along the western shore.
- Need another pit stop and a chance to stretch your legs?
- Anchor off the Torch Lake Township William K. Good Day Park* for a swim, or a run around their grass or volleyball court.
- Head south to the southern sandy end of the lake.
- Make a pit stop at the MDNR Boat Launch*.
- After a swim near the south end’s Sand Bar, head back to Alden for ice cream.
- Hope you enjoyed your day on the most beautiful lake in Michigan!
USE CAUTION AROUND CLAM RIVER
- There is a strong current where Clam River flows OUT into Torch Lake.
- Stay within channel markers as you approach the river to avoid hitting your propel on boulders.
- Gas pumps for your watercraft are located on the right or south side of the river as you enter.
- Do not attempt to turn around in the narrow river.
- Proceed 1/4 mile into the wider Clam Lake to turn around.
Don't just wish that Torch Lake will stay blue.
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