Torch Lake sandbar.

Torch Lake Sandbar

Torch Lake is a lake in the US state of Michigan. The lake itself measures 31 kilometers and is Michigan’s longest inland lake. The lake is best known for its sandbar, at clear, turquoise waters that resemble a tropical paradise. It has become a popular destination for tourists and Michigan locals throughout the summer months. The lake was even once named by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world due to its clean clear waters.

Torch Lake Sandbar
A lighthouse on the shores of Torch Lake in Michigan.

The sandbar is located roughly a few hundred meters from the shore, and can therefore only be accessed by water. It is towards the southern edge of the lake, oin the area where Torch Lake meets Torch River. 

The sandbar is a naturally occurring phenomenon which occurs due to the build up of sand from the inflowing river. The sand was pushed up towards the southern edge of the lake, and formed a sand bar which has since become a popular destination for visitors, vacationers, and recreation within the lake.The sandy ridge measures roughly 3.2 kilometers, though it is not a straight line. It can be accessed by motor boat, kayak or canoe, or even by swimming from the shore. The sandbar has become a popular meeting area, and place for people to park their boats for a dip, have picnics, relax, or congregate for parties.

Torch Lake Sandbar Parties

Parties on the sandbar are what the area has become increasingly well known for. Especially on holidays like the fourth of July, people meet here to host and partake in what have been some raucous and adventurous parties. Drinking, swimming, music and food are all part of these events, and over the years their popularity has increased, leading to an increase in p;olice monitoring. Unfortunately, the sandbar is also well known for hosting the Fourth of July Sandbar party in 2020, despite covid-19 and the potential risks. The lake was later traced back as a hotspot and the source of a coronavirus outbreak.

Recreational Facilities In The Torch Lake Sandbar

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Aerial view of the Torch Lake sandbar.

Aside from the parties and the sandbar itself, there are several other activities to partake in in and around Torch Lake. Camping is popular in the Torch Grove campgrounds, and many people choose to stay and camp in order to experience the lake and sandbar. Bed and breakfasts and inns are also common around the lake edge and especially full during summer peak season.

Biking, hiking and horseback riding can also be done around the lake, and are common practices for visitors not indulging in water sports. For those who are keen on the lake itself, various boating activities - from motor boats to kayak rentals and paddle boarding - are available. Wakeboarding, waterskiing and jet skiing are also common, and especially fun in this area due to the long length of the lake. 

Shopping experiences, and various restaurants and pubs in the area provide plenty of options for anyone looking for some good food and drink in the area, from the Dockside to Shorts Brewery. Once a hidden gem in northern Michigan, Torch Lake and its sandbar have become a social media sensation, and garnered huge attention from tourists. It's clear turquoise waters and expansive sandbar make it the perfect destination for anyone looking to get away and experience beautiful Michigan and a fun-filled day on the water. 


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