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Swimming

Having Fun!

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!

Swimming Safely!

Almost every year someone drowns in Torch Lake.

Prevent drowning:

  • Swim with a buddy
  • Supervise children
  • Know the depth before you dive

Respect Cold Water

You lose body temperature faster in cold water.

Prevent hypothermia:

  • 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.

Prevent death/injury:

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.

Prevent injury:

  • Wear water shoes- So you won’t hurt or cut your feet.

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
swimmer's itch on leg

Photo: Center for Disease Control

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

Photo: Laura Pace

Show
You Care

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.
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Free Printables

Swimming Beaches Map (.pdf)

Public Access Sites Map (.pdf)

Links

More information on Swimmer’s Itch

Michigan Beach Guard

E. coli is a bacteria used as an indicator for fecal pollution. Click below for latest test results.

Beach Sample Site
Torch Lake Good Day Park
Eastport MDNR
Torch River Bridge MDNR

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