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Lake homes in Torch Lake

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Condo in Bellaire
Newly Remodeled Legend Condo~relax~tube~ski~golf
Shanty Creek LEGEND remodeled condo that has everything needed for a relaxing Northern MI getaway for any season. Ski at Schuss Mountain, Tube at Shanty, Golf 5 golf courses, all on resort property. Condo has 1 main bedroom with KING bed and 1 bath and also has a full size murphy bed and pull out sofa. Condo sleeps 4 adults comfortably or a family of 5-6 with children that can share beds. Expansive deck that overlooks the 1st hole of the Legend golf. Enjoy indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub close
$84 per night
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Chalet in Bellaire
The Greenhouse: a cozy Northern Michigan Chalet
Recharge at this unique and tranquil getaway. A destination for nature lovers who want to get lost, interchangeably with romping about partaking in local activities! Nestled in a Shanty Creek Resort spacious and quiet neighborhood (Schuss Village East), just 10 minutes from downtown Bellaire, and just 15 minutes from Torch Lake at Alden. Shanty Creek Resort is well known for skiing in the winter, golf in the summer. Bellaire is home to the infamous Short’s brewery, and great food and nightlife!
$214 per night
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Cottage in Alden
Birch Cottage • Torch Lake Waterfront Getaway
Enjoy Northern Michigan year round from this cottage on Torch Lake. Skiing and snowboarding at Schuss Mountain are just minutes away. For a change of pace, grab a bite at Short’s and explore quaint downtown Bellaire. This vintage modern cottage is beautifully appointed. You will love the premium mattresses, spacious living room, flat screen TV, high speed wifi, full kitchen, toys, games and puzzles. Prime location close to Traverse City, Bellaire, Charlevoix, Elk Rapids and Shanty Creek.
$208 per night
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Lake side cottage rentals in Torch Lake

Cottage in Northport
Lilliput Cottage on the Bay
$111 per night
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Cottage in Elk Rapids
Waterfront Cottage in Elk Rapids, Michigan
$200 per night
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Cottage in Bellaire
Vintage Lakefront Cottages on Torch Lake Bellaire
$291 per night
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Cottage in Bellaire
Wet Nest! Private Lakefront, Intermediate Lake Ret
$225 per night
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Cottage in Traverse City
Private Hot Tub*Block to Beach*NoMi Vibes Cottage
$245 per night
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Cottage in Rapid City
NEW! Waterfront Torch Lake Cottage; Private Beach!
$228 per night
Cottage in Williamsburg
Hygge Beach House - 4 bd / 3 ba lake front home
$527 per night
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Cottage in East Jordan
Cedar Creek Cottage lakefront close to Boyne City
$145 per night
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Cottage in Kewadin
Torch Lake Village Cozy Cottage with private dock.
$188 per night
Cottage in Traverse City
Bluewater Bliss - Your Private Lakefront Retreat
$108 per night
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Cottage in Ellsworth
The Cottage on the Sandy Quarter Acre
$170 per night
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Cottage in Elk Rapids
Perfect Up North GetAway
$139 per night
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Lake side condo rentals in Torch Lake

Condo in Bellaire
Lake View, Skiing, Tubing, Golf, Dining,
$79 per night
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Condo in Bellaire
Lakeview 🌅 Fireplace, Walk to Summit GC & Pools ⛳️
$212 per night
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Condo in Bellaire
ShantyCrk/Schuss/Bellaire Northern Sunset Retreat
$110 per night
Condo in Traverse City
DIRECT ACCESS TO BEACH |NEAR DOWNTOWN + TART TRAIL
$133 per night
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Condo in Bellaire
Shanty Creek Condo w/ Stunning Lake Bellaire Views
$239 per night
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Condo in Traverse City
Beachside 101 Luxury Condo On The Beach
$127 per night
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Condo in Bellaire
Cozy two bedroom two bathroom condo in Bellaire
$84 per night
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Condo in Bellaire
Summit Sunsets 562 - Ski, Golf and more !
$79 per night
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Condo in Bellaire
Experience Up North at Summit Village
$95 per night
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Condo in Traverse City
Central Condo With Private Rooftop and NEW Hot tub
$137 per night
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Condo in Bellaire
Cali King 2 room with fireplace sleeps 5(4 adults)
$186 per night
Condo in Bellaire
2 Bedroom Cozy Shanty Creek Condo
$136 per night
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Your guide to Torch Lake

Introduction

One of the most picturesque lakes in Michigan — which is saying something, considering it’s next to Lake Michigan — Torch Lake is beloved for turquoise water so clear you can see the bottom. Some even compare it to the Caribbean. The shoreline of this 19-mile-long body of water, the biggest of 14 in the Elk River chain of lakes, is ringed by evergreen trees and pricey lakefront homes. Most visitors come here to spend their days in and on the water, whether in a fishing boat or on jet skis, innertubes, or paddleboards.

During the summer months, boats and rafts cluster along the shallow two-mile sandbar at the lake’s south end, resembling a floating party. But it’s easy to drift away from the festivities to a spot where you can relax and soak in the beauty of Northern Michigan, or placidly fish for trout and wide-mouth bass. Off the water, small resort towns such as Elk Rapids, Alden, and Bellaire promise distraction in the form of restaurants and shops, and the cultural draws of Traverse City are just 30 miles away.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Torch Lake?

Given Torch Lake’s location in northern Lower Michigan, it may not be a surprise that peak season for booking vacation rentals here is June through August, when the temperatures hang between the 60s and 80s Fahrenheit. While sunny days are frequent in summer, so are rainy ones, especially in August and September, so bring waterproof jackets along with your swimsuits and sunblock. Both spring (April-May) and fall (October-November) are gorgeous in Michigan, with cool temperatures and plenty of color in the wildflowers and trees. Although the lake does not freeze in winter, below-freezing temperatures and snowfall are common. Bundle up!


What are the top things to do in Torch Lake?

Boating

A number of companies rent out pontoons or small boats for an afternoon or a few days. You can stay on the lake — after all, there’s quite a bit of it to peruse — or, if you have a smaller boat, travel along the river to the connected Elk Lake and Clam Lake.

Charlevoix

Located just 20 miles from the northern tip of Torch Lake, picturesque Charlevoix is worth a day trip to browse through the craft shops and wander around the century-old Castle Farms. Charlevoix’s most eye-opening feature: 26 stone-and-thatch cottages known as “mushroom houses.”

Grass River Natural Area

With Grand Traverse Bay to the west and Torch Lake to the east, your options for shoreline walks are many, and there are bike trails aplenty as well. Dedicated hikers will enjoy exploring the forests and meadows of the 1,500-acre Grass River Nature Preserve in Bellaire, as well as a 1.5-mile-long boardwalk that leads through the wetlands.

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