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BoatUS: Signing of Infrastructure Bill is Good for Recreational Boaters, Anglers

BoatUS News

Date: 11/15/2021

SPRINGFIELD, VA – With President Biden’s signing today of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), you may have mistakenly thought that only road, bridge, rail, power and water infrastructure, public transit, drinking and wastewater, high speed internet, environmental

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BoatUS Foundation and Berkley Celebrate Breakthrough Concepts in Fishing Line and Soft Bait Recycling: ‘Recast and Recycle’ Contest Winners Announced

BoatUS News

Date: 10/7/2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md., October 7, 2021 – Recycling old fishing line and soft baits into new products is labor-intensive, inefficient and simply, for many anglers, not easy to do. This hampers the ability to grow the volume of line and soft bait recycling in the U.S. However, three BoatUS Foundation and Berkley Recast

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EPA Announcement - National Coastal Condition Assessment Released

Environmental Protection Agency

Date: 8/19/2021

On August 17, 2021, EPA released the National Coastal Condition Assessment, a scientifically rigorous survey of the nation’s estuarine and Great Lakes nearshore waters, and one of the four National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS). The National Coastal Condition Assessment (NCCA) reports on the health of

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A Top Choice of Boat Names Reflects the Times: BoatUS Announces Top 10 Boat Names for 2021

BoatUS News

Date: 7/18/2021

SPRINGFIELD, Va. – It’s been a tumultuous year for Americans, and getting away from it all on a recreational boat has given many the respite they’ve needed. With lives upended, some recreational boat owners have chosen to reflect on the times when selecting a name for their boat. “Social

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2020 U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Report Reveals How the Pandemic Affected Boating

BoatUS News

Date: 7/16/2021

A Dive Into the 2020 U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Statistics Reveal How the Pandemic Affected Boating in Ways Just Beginning to be Understood ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 16, 2021 – The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics, and reports of accidents, fatalities and injuries were

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• River: Torch River
• Length: 41 Miles
• Surface Area: 18,770 Acres
• Volume: 2,635,927 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 316 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 111 Feet
Torch Lake at 19 miles long is Michigan's longest inland lake and at approximately 18,770 acres is Michigan's second largest inland lake. National Geographic rated it the third most beautiful lake in the world. An average property on Torch Lake costs approximately two million dollars. Within it are several townships including Torch Lake Township, Central Lake Township, Forest Home Township, Helena Township, and Milton Township and Clearwater Township in Kalkaska County. Several villages and hamlets lie along its shore, including Alden, Eastport, Clam River, and Torch Lake. The lake is about 17 miles (27 km) northeast of Traverse City and is separated by narrow strips of land from both Grand Traverse Bay on the northwest and Elk Lake at the southwest end . The lake is about two miles (3.2 km) wide and is centered at 44°59'00?N 85°18'30?W. It has a maximum depth of 330 feet just off the east end of Campbell Rd. (Milton Twp.) and an average depth of 111 feet, making it Michigan's deepest inland lake. It is a popular lake for fishing, featuring lake trout, rock bass, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, muskellunge, ciscoes, brown trout, rainbow trout, and whitefish.

The name of the lake is not due to its shape, rather, is derived from translation from the Ojibwa name Was-wa-gon-ong meaning "Place of the Torches", referring to the practice of the local native American population who once used torches at night to attract fish for harvesting with spears and nets. For a time it was referred to by local European settlers as "Torch Light Lake", which eventually was shortened to its current name.

The lake is known for nature activities including hiking, canoeing, fishing and diving. Due to the low amount of boat activity, it is a nature-lovers paradise. Torch Lake is much quieter than most Michigan lakes and is not friendly to "partying." Noted for its exceptional beauty; its waters are unusually clear and exhibit a bright turquoise hue, often resembling Caribbean waters. This quality has made the lake a popular spot for the development of resorts and second homes.

Torch Lake is part of a watershed that begins in northern Antrim County with Six Mile Lake, which is connected by the Intermediate River with Lake Bellaire. The Grass River flows from Lake Bellaire into Clam Lake, which in turn drains into Torch Lake via the short Clam River. Torch Lake itself is drained by the Torch River, which flows into Lake Skegemog, which opens into Elk Lake. Elk Lake flows into the east arm of Grand Traverse Bay at Elk Rapids. This watershed is popularly known as the Chain of Lakes.
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