Dip your toe in the water
Float around on your noodle…
Dive into the middle of the lake…
Enjoy the clear waters of Torch Lake!
Almost every year someone drowns in Torch Lake.
- Swim with a buddy
- Supervise children
- Know the depth before you dive
Respect Cold Water
You lose body temperature faster in cold water.
- Check the water temperature.
- Use caution from September – May.
Torch Lake is COLD: 40-60° F.
- Watch the Sky
Storms move in quickly on Torch Lake.
When you see lightning, get out of the water.
Protect Your Feet
The bottom of Torch Lake is rocky.
The rocks may have sharp zebra mussels, an invasive species.
- Wear water shoes- So you won’t hurt or cut your feet.
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Limit Swimmer’s Itch
Swimmer’s Itch can cause pumps that itch a lot!
In Torch Lake, Swimmer’s itch occurs in late May or early June. It can persist through summer.
Prevent the Itch:
Before you swim:
- Create a waterproof barrier on your skin
Apply sunscreen, baby oil, coconut oil or other lotion
Then apply swimmer’s itch cream before swimming.
Where to swim:
- Swim offshore in deeper water.
- Do not swim if winds are onshore.
After you swim:
- Rub briskly with a rough towel when you get out of the water.
- Don’t sit around in your wet swimsuit.
- Shower immediately when you get out of the water.
- Scrub with brown soap (Fels Naphtha) and a rough wash cloth
Follow the Law
Torch Lake is a public inland lake- shared by all of us.
- The shore has public access sites,
but most of the shore is privately owned.
- Waterfront owners own the bottomlands.
- Stay within public access boundaries.
- Pack out your trash AND pet waste.
- Leash your dog.
Best Swimming Beaches in Torch Lake
These Public Beaches and bathrooms are maintained by local townships.
- Follow posted rules.
North of Clam River
- DNR Boat Launch- Eastport
- William Good Day Park- Torch Lake Village
South of Clam River
- Valleau Landing- Alden
- Depot Park- Alden
- Ball Park- Alden
We know you want to enjoy the lake for many years (and generations) to come. So, we’ve put together a list of simple steps you can take to reduce the nutrients, sediments and toxins flowing into the lake and its streams.
We all share Torch Lake.
- Respect the neighbors’ private property.
- Use public restrooms not the lake.
Don't just wish that Torch Lake will stay blue.
Choose a water-friendly lifestyle - make a difference!