Torch Lake History Trail
How was this deep lake, called Torch, formed?
Where were the former hotels located along the shore?
How old is the only surviving camp on Torch Lake?
Answer these questions and more by taking
a 45-mile trip on the Torch Lake History Trail .
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)
Torch Lake Paddling Trails (.pdf)
Start Your Torch Lake History Trail.
Click on the big blue dots to to learn more about geology and history.
Watch a short video.
After taking a teaching job in Bellaire, he and his wife, Mary Kay Unger, built their own house on Torch Lake. Besides having a passion for biology, water quality and local history, Ed became an expert in local geology.
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