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Traverse City is a great place to base yourself if you're planning a trip to Torch Lake, MI. TC, as it is commonly known, is a beautiful little town, renowned for its breweries and vineyards, and is just a short distance from this beautiful glacial lake. The best time of year to visit Torch Lake is naturally in the warm summer months, when the days are long and the sunsets are bright. At this time of year, Torch Lake tends to be at its busiest, but it's a large location and never gets so crowded as to be unbearable.
One of the best spots at Torch Lake to enjoy is the two-mile sandbar. Featuring white, welcoming sand that also wouldn't look out of place on the shores of a Caribbean vacation resort, this sandbar is a super gathering spot for locals and tourists alike. All sorts of activities can be enjoyed here, including swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, and fishing. Fishing is especially popular at Lake Torch, MI, with the lake housing huge populations of popular prize fish like lake trout, rock bass, steelhead, brown trout, Atlantic salmon, smallmouth bass, and many more.
Kayaking on Torch Lake is also very popular, with companies like Paddle Guys (231 384-0822) operating directly on the Torch Lake sandbar and running kayak and stand up paddle board rentals at great rates. The waters on Torch Lake can change from one day to the next depending on the wind and conditions, ranging from totally flat and calm to quite choppy, so it's important to consult the forecast and speak with local kayaking experts to learn more before setting out on your own Torch Lake kayaking adventure. Pontoon boats and ski boats can also be rented around Lake Torch, and sailing lessons can be enjoyed here too at locations like the Torch Lake Yacht & Country Club (10280 Larson Rd, Bellaire, MI 49615).