Torch Lake Drive from Bellaire, michigan

torch lake mapStarting out, travel west on Bellaire Highway 3 miles turning left onto East Torch Lake Drive (CR-593). Allow time to take in the many great views of Torch Lake along this portion. Eventually you’ll come to a stop sign where Alden Hwy joins. Turn right and go into Alden, a great little village to stroll, shop and take in views of the lake from the pier.

Next, continue your drive south about a mile and turn right on Crystal Beach Rd. Follow this road along the south lake shore and enjoy more lake and color views. The road crosses Torch River and winds its way west and north through Kewadin (now Cherry Ave) and then south again into Elk Rapids (Cairn Hwy). Near Kewadin, stop at Pearl’s restaurant – a great place serving up authentic Cajun style food. A little past Pearl’s is a wonderful art studio/gallery called The Blue Heron offering a nice selection of creations by local artists. 

Begin the second half of the loop by going north on US-31 to Eastport. Turn east on M-88 to Central Lake and view the fruit farms and you might even some elk grazing inside a fenced elk ranch. In town, turn left on East State Street and follow this to Intermediate Lake Rd. Turn left following this road along the west shore of Intermediate Lake. If your timing is right, the colors are fantastic. Make a right turn at Derenzy Road and drive past the Bellaire airport, Cedar river and Craven Park. Derenzy ends at a stop sign. Turn right and follow Stover Road/Cayuga Street back into Bellaire (now M-88).