While Minnesota may be the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” their state can’t boast about the Great Lakes like we do. Lake days are simply a part of Michigan living. A week in the summer without going to a lake is a week wasted.
Our team absolutely loves exploring our state, from hiking trails to the summer treats of Michigan, so it’s only right that we pay homage to our favorite lakes in Michigan. While we love all 5 of the great lakes, we had to choose our absolute favorite, and it was a struggle! But we made sure to also include three inland lakes that are ready for you to discover:
We may be partial to Lake Michigan since it’s so close our main office, but we mostly love that anyone on the west side of the state can enjoy this great lake with ease. The coast of Lake Michigan is dotted with great small towns, so no matter where you end up near Lake Michigan, adventure is sure to follow.
Named as the Third Most Beautiful Lake in the WORLD by National Geographic, Torch Lake is Michigan’s longest and deepest lake. The water is crystal clear and when you are floating on it you truly feel like you are in the Caribbean. Several different boat rentals around the lake mean that everyone can have fun on Torch Lake! There are multiple sandbars you can float your boat to. You can even get lunch from a vendor boat. And yes, they are often around the sandbars at lunch or dinner time.
Seriously, can Northern Michigan get any better?
The answer is yes, when you cross the Mackinac bridge into the Upper Peninsula to reach Lake Superior. Like Torch Lake, the water is clear and you can even see old shipwrecks if you take a paddle-board, canoe, or kayak out. We highly recommend doing one of those three things on a guided tour so you can learn more about the history of the area. It can get cold up there, so grab some blankets and your camping gear. You can even set up camp right on the shore!
If you are headed to Traverse City this summer or fall for a wine tour, make it a point to stop by Lake Leelanau. This lake is great for swimming and fishing. You can pretty much plan on reeling in a walleye. Plus, this lake is on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, so there are views for miles.
Lake St. Clair
We would be doing the east side of the state a disservice if we did not include Lake St. Clair on our list. If you have a layover, consider spending some time at this lake, since it’s the closest lake to Detroit and the airport. There are also many ports at Lake St. Clair, and some have more of a beach vibe while others are perfect for water sports. There’s so much to explore at this lake, including lagoons and estuaries!
Did we leave your favorite lake off the list? Make sure you stop in to one of our 55 locations to let us know which lake you love to visit in the summer! While you’re in our office, make sure to grab some sunglasses to protect your vision from the UV rays that will reflect off of the water during your lake day.