Torch Lake Survey

Torch Lake Buffer Survey

In 2007, the Watershed Center conducted a survey of Torch Lake’s 41-mile shoreline to assess its greenbelt buffer. The shoreline zone extends 50 feet inland from the ordinary high water mark. Funding for this survey of Michigan’s largest inland lake was provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

All 1,752 properties were surveyed around the lake. The Watershed Center contracted with White Pine Associates, and more than 20 volunteers from the Torch Lake Protection Alliance and Three Lakes Association provided field assistance.

Some general results of the survey show that:

  • 86% of the shoreline is developed
  • 32% of the greenbelt buffer is in very good to excellent condition; 44% is in poor to very poor condition
  • 7% of the shoreline erosion is severe

Results are also available for each individual parcel. If you would like to obtain results for your property, please contact Sarah U’Ren at 231-935-1514 ext 2.

You can download the Torch Lake Shoreline Greenbelt Survey Summary Report.

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