10 Most Breathtaking Lakes In Michigan

5th March, 2024


Torch Lake  (Antrim County)

● Famed for its impossibly turquoise waters, reminiscent of Caribbean coastlines. A 19-mile-long playground for watersports – swimming, boating, kayaking, fishing, and more. The legendary Torch Lake sandbar is the heart of summer fun, hosting lively parties and gatherings.

Lake Charlevoix

● Michigan's third-largest lake boasts over 56,000 acres of pristine water and 90 km of shoreline. ● It is a historic resort destination with charming towns like Charlevoix and East Jordan.

Lake Leelanau

● Two separate basins, North and South, comprise this scenic water body. ● The natural beauty of Leelanau County vineyards and Sleeping Bear Dunes surround it.

Higgins Lake

● It is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, visibility reaching 20 feet deep. ● Home to two state parks offering hiking, camping, and incredible views.

Glen Lake  (Leelanau County)

● Part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with dramatic dunes framing its shores. ● Two Big Glen and Little Glen basins provide diverse boating and swimming options.

Grand Traverse Bay

● While technically not an inland lake, the sheer beauty of this Great Lakes bay earns it a spot on the list.

Lake St. Clair 

● It was connected to the Great Lakes system, providing expansive boating adventures. ● It is known as the "Nautical Capital of the World" for its strong boating culture.

Crystal Lake  (Benzie County)

● True to its name, the clear waters of Crystal Lake make it a swimmer's and snorkeler's paradise. ● Near Frankfort and Lake Michigan's beautiful dunes for extended exploration.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

●  The iconic Pictured Rocks cliffs, sculpted by wind and water, create breathtaking scenery.

Walloon Lake

This charming lake was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway during his youth in Michigan.