Whether you’re a beginner with floaties or a veteran, long-distance champion, swimming in Torch Lake can be relaxing, refreshing fun!
Did You Know?
June and July water temperatures may still be in the 60°F, which is COLD! Limit your time in cold water to prevent hypothermia — a life threatening condition.
Torch Lake’s Responsibilities
Provide clear, Caribbean blue water for your enjoyment!
It’s simple…enjoy the water, but respect it and be safe.
- When you stay in warm, shallow water too long, the larval stages of certain flatworms enter the outer layer of your skin.
- After the parasite enters, it dies and may cause small red spots to appear on the skin.
- Most species of flatworms use birds as hosts for the adult parasite and aquatic snails
as intermediate hosts for the larval stages.
- Raised red spots that increase in size for 24–36 hours.
- Itching that may continue for a week.
- When you get out of the lake, rub your skin briskly with a rough towel.
- Then take a shower and scrub with brown soap (Fels Naptha).
Public swimming areas are closed to boats.
Orange buoys mark the four public swimming areas on Torch Lake:
- East – north of Dockside Restaurant (Forest Home Township)
- Southeast – Alden Depot Park (Helena Township)
- Southeast – Alden Ball Park (Helena Township)
- Northwest – W.K. Good Day Park– Torch Lake Village (Torch Lake Township)
Private swimming areas extend for 100 feet beyond docks and rafts.
Prevent problems before they happen
Whenever anyone goes swimming in Torch Lake, they should swim with a buddy. Children should always be supervised by an adult – NO EXCEPTIONS!
Stay out of cold water, especially in the spring and fall.
If your kayak tips over and you are in cold water too long, your body heat leaves your hands and feet and goes to your torso.
bright red skin, uncontrollable shivering, reassuring others that you are ok, low energy, drowsiness.
Remove wet clothes, dry off the person, wrap in warm blanket and observe closely.
If body temperature falls below 95°F or if the person loses consciousness, call 911!
Prevent Swimmer’s Itch
Don’t feed the ducks!
Ducks, especially mergansers, carry the parasites that cause Swimmer’s Itch.