This Lake In Michigan Seriously Looks Like The Caribbean Sea

Wait a second—is this Michigan or Jamaica?!

Want an island vacation, but working with a lake budget? Head to Michigan!

Torch Lake in northern Michigan is ginormous, and its alluring turquoise waters are reminiscent of more tropical destinations in the Caribbean. Plus, waves reach over four feet high, according to the Watershed Council, which makes for some good body surfing.

We can thank Mother Nature for creating this stunning body of water.

Once Part Of Lake Michigan

It was once a deep, fjord-like bay of ancient Lake Michigan.

Then, a sand bar formed across the mouth of the bay on the lake’s northwest portion, creating an inland lake.

The lake has a wide, sandy shallow region that runs parallel to the shore and then steeply drops off, which helps create the stunning blue shades you see from an aerial view.

So, where exactly is this hidden gem? To get you acquainted, think of the state of Michigan as a mitten.

What I would give to move here and never look back….

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Torch Lake is in Antrim and Kalkaska counties, which would be the “pinkie” portion of the mitten.

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During summer festivals, this lake can get a little raucous, and it’s been dubbed “Midwest Mardi Gras.”

Summer vacation!

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Here are five interesting facts about the gorgeous lake that’s darn near a doppelganger for the Caribbean Sea.

1. This Lake Is Huge

In fact, it’s the second-largest lake in Michigan, according to the state of Michigan website. It’s 29.3 square miles—the only Michigan lake that is bigger is Houghton Lake, which is 31 square miles.

But Torch Lake is much deeper. It’s maximum depth is 285 feet. That compares to just 20 feet in Houghton Lake. Plus, it’s got 19 miles of shore, which makes for an epic water skiing trip because you don’t have to keep turning around.

Torch Lake is so large that it often doesn’t freeze in the winter, according to Michigan news website MLive.

Look at this breathtaking aerial shot from Instagram user Ryan Ziolko.

Can you guess my favorite color? 😅 #torchlake #aerialview

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2. Kid Rock Likes To Party There

Kid Rock’s hit song “All Summer Long” is reputed to be about Torch Lake, according to an article in the The Detroit News. The lyrics seem to pay homage to the lake, especially its famous south-end sandbar that was formed by glaciers and goes from calf deep to 300 feet deep. Here are some lines from the song: “Splashing through the sandbar, talking by the campfire, it’s the simple things in life like when and where. We didn’t have no internet … ” We’ll let you take a watch and be the judge.