5 Lakes in Northern Michigan You Have to Visit This Summer

Northern Michigan in the summer is one of the most desirable spots in the entire country. The combination of sunshine, heat, and freshwater is unmatched. Fortunately, Northern Michigan is covered with inland lakes, making summer the best time to head up north for vacation. We’ve highlighted five of our favorite lakes that feature something for everyone.

Lake Charlevoix

With a surface area of over 17,200 acres, Lake Charlevoix is the third largest inland lake in Michigan. In 2012 USA Today announced that Lake Charlevoix was the second-best lake in America behind only Lake Tahoe. The area encompassing Lake Charlevoix plays host to quaint and charming towns that include: East Jordan, Boyne City, and, of course, Charlevoix. Shallow ledges surround the shoreline of this deep lake making these ledges ideal for anchoring your boat and enjoying a swim.

Lake Charlevoix

Walloon Lake

Just south of Petoskey lies enchanting Walloon Lake. Spanning over 4,200 acres, Walloon Lake is surrounded by cottages and vacations homes, many available for weekly or weekend rentals. Walloon Lake’s water is a beautiful shade of blue that is crystal clear. Early in the spring, it's possible to see the bottom of the lake at depths up to 30 feet. Walloon Lake is a wonderful spot for swimming, fishing, boating, and with the recent rebuild of the Village, there are restaurants, shopping, and even a four-diamond hotel to soak up those cherished summer days. Walloon Lake even attracted the famous writer Ernest Hemmingway to its shores, whose family still owns property on the lake.

Walloon Lake

Torch Lake

Torch Lake is the second largest inland lake in the state of Michigan. Covering just under 19,000 acres, this massive lake is home to shades of blue that are typically seen in the Caribbean. The summer on Torch Lake brings thousands of people visiting the sandbars that cover the south end of the lake. Stretching over 18 miles in length, numerous cities surround the lake providing vacationers, or those looking to buy, a plethora of options. Dockside Torch Lake is a great bar and grill that provides boaters a restaurant they can dock at, grab a bite and a beer, then walk right back out to their boat. For fishing enthusiasts, Torch Lake is home to pike, walleye, trout, perch, and was the former home to the state record muskie.

Torch Lake

Mullett Lake

Named after federal surveyor, John Mullett, Mullett Lake is located in Cheboygan County. Several major tributaries flow into the lake making this one of the best fishing lakes in northern Michigan. You’ll find all sorts of trout within the waters. You also find smelt, northern pike, perch, walleye, bass, and sturgeon. Mullett Lake was home to the state record sturgeon.

Burt Lake Mullett Lake

Burt Lake

Just across Interstate-75 from Mullett Lake is Burt Lake. The lake is named after William Austin Burt, who along with John Mullett, was a federal surveyor. Like Mullett Lake, Burt Lake is great for fishing. You can find similar species as that of Mullett Lake. Burt Lake features over 2,000 feet of sandy shoreline, and YMCA Camp Al-Gon-Quain and Burt Lake State Park make this lake a popular spot for families to vacation during the summer months.

Why Not Make a Slice of Northern Paradise a Place You Live?

When locals or vacationers want to find their dream home near one of the beautiful lakes listed above, they turn to Wally Kidd. As one of the top real estate professionals in Northern Michigan, his knowledge of lakefront homes and lots goes above and beyond that of his competition. Whether you are buying or selling, Wally Kidd is your best choice in real estate.


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