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Torch Lake Village Cozy Cottage with private dock.

Charming Torch Lake cottage overlooking this spring-fed crystal-clear State treasure. Quaint & cozy cottage, w/ private dock for your use only, is located one block from the Village Day Park for playground, protected swimming & beach area, boat launch. PLEASE NOTE: Rental is weekly from Saturday to Saturday, ONLY. 1/2 mile to Grand Traverse Bay for beautiful sunsets & Petoskey stone hunting. 25 mins to Charlevoix, 20 mins to Elk Rapids, 45 mins to Traverse City.

$188 per night
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  2. Central Lake
The Maple View House - Peaceful Tranquility Awaits

This is the perfect Northern Michigan hideaway no matter the season! The Maple View House sits high on a knoll surrounded by lush forest and expansive views of the countryside and beautiful Torch Lake. Escape the hustle and bustle in this secluded spot while still being close to all the fun in the area. Whether you're looking for a quiet weekend reading, or a comfortable place to crash while you spend your days on the go, the Maple View House is going to please. Perfect for dog owners!

$199 per night
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  2. Ellsworth
Quiet Lakefront Retreat - Spectacular Sunset Views

Experience gorgeous Lake Michigan views from this 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom vacation home. During the day you can enjoy the private beach, collect Petoskey stones, swim, bike, or kayak. Then settle in around the fire for the evening, listening to the water and stargazing. Centrally located near Charlevoix, Elk Rapids, and Traverse City, Sunset Cedar House is the also the perfect hub for the area's hiking, biking, skiing, and hunting. Fully-equipped kitchen, grill, and firewood provided.

$278 per night

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Lake homes in Torch Lake

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  2. Bellaire
3rd Night Free:Clam Lake Cottage-Torch Lake Access
$163 per night
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  2. Torch Lake Township
🏘️ Stunning New 4BDR Golf House by Torch Lake!
$229 per night
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  2. Central Lake
Apple Orchard
$100 per night
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  2. Bellaire
Private cottage near skiing, golf, trails + lakes
$221 per night
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  2. Ellsworth
SPRING OPEN! WATERFRONT LAKEHOUSE WIFI FIREPLACE
$310 per night
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  2. Bellaire
Rm #2 *Mel's Victorian* Steps to Bellaire
$75 per night
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  2. Rapid City
Torch Lake Home w/ 116 feet of Blue Water Access!
$297 per night
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  2. Bellaire
NEW! Family-Friendly Lakefront Getaway w/ Kayaks!
$344 per night
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Quaint and Comfy in Bellaire - Walk to Shorts!
$139 per night
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The House on the Hill
$136 per night
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  2. Bellaire
Torch Lake Views for the Whole Family!
$325 per night
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  2. Bellaire
Bellaire Dupl.Gameroom,pooltable,Torch LK put-ins
$294 per night

Lake side cottage rentals in Torch Lake

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THE WET NEST! PRIVATE LAKEFRONT, INTERMEDIATE LAKE
$275 per night
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  2. Bellaire
Vintage Lakefront Cottages on Torch Lake Bellaire
$255 per night
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  2. Ellsworth
The Cottage on the Sandy Quarter Acre
$170 per night
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  2. Alden
Birch Cottage • Torch Lake Waterfront Getaway
$357 per night
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  2. Bellaire
“Timeless" on Grass River-sleeps 14
$145 per night
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Lakefront Torch Cottage: Ready for Summer Fun!
$207 per night
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  2. Elk Rapids
Waterfront Cottage in Elk Rapids, Michigan
$239 per night
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  2. Ellsworth
Coolibah Cottage on lake
$200 per night
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  2. Bellaire
Barefoot Bungalow-Phillips Point #3 Family Cottage
$215 per night
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Torch Lake Sunrise Sandy beach on Torch Lake
$550 per night
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  2. Bellaire
Cozy up north getaway on the lake
$200 per night
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  2. Elk Rapids
Perfect Up North GetAway
$200 per night

Your guide to Torch Lake

All About Torch Lake

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.


How do I get around Torch Lake?

Several major airlines fly into Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Traverse City, which serves all of Northern Michigan, and you can rent a car or take a taxi from there — a 30-mile drive. Driving from either Detroit or Chicago takes five hours; for buses departing from either city, expect an 11-hour trip. There are regional taxi and rideshare services around Torch Lake, though you may have to wait for a ride depending on the time of year and the demand.


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 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.

Torch Lake Tour

Northeastern Michigan’s wineries, cideries, and breweries have flourished over the past decade, and the Torch Lake Tour directs you to 10 of them, a loop that circles the lake. You can find your own way around the tour or hire a driver to guide you.