Torch Lake Township

Despite being Michigan’s second-largest inland lake—and one of the state’s most lovely lakes at that—Torch Lake doesn’t offer many public access sites, and none of them are traditional sugar-sand beaches like those on nearby Lake Michigan. But if you’re looking to dip your toes into these gorgeous waters, the pretty little beach at William K. Good Day Park in Torch Lake Township is the place to be, with pavilions, picnic tables, a public boat launch and swimming area. Find it at the eastern end of Public Dock Road, on US 31 just a few miles south of M-88. Call Torch Lake Township Clerk for info. 231.599.2036.

East Jordan

Elm Pointe, formerly the pioneer homestead of the Monroe family, is one of East Jordan’s loveliest parks. Monroe Creek winds its way through the 11 acres of parkland, which includes beach frontage and a picnic area on the south arm of Lake Charlevoix. The historic Monroe home still stands on the property (available as event space for weddings and gatherings), as does the East Jordan Portside Art and Historical Museum, open (with free admission) on weekends in June and Thursdays through Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in July and August. 1787 N M-66, EAST JORDAN, EASTJORDANCITY.ORG.


Among the select few public access sites on Torch Lake is this cute little patch of frontage and sandy-bottomed swimming spot in Alden, next to the pier. You won’t find volleyball nets or lifeguards, but you’ll likely have it all to yourself—and you’ll be just seconds from the shops and eateries downtown. With the shoreline here facing straight west, this is the perfect place for a sunset dip. Find it in downtown Alden at the sharp dog-leg on South East Torch Lake Drive (County Highway 593). VISITALDEN.COM.

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Your Guide to Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Leelanau, Benzie & More

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