Orchard Lake Village is a highly desirable community in Oakland County. Orchard Lake Village is close to West Bloomfield, Sylvan Lake, and Keego Harbor. It's not a huge community. It is only about 4.12 square miles in size. 40% of the community is water. The biggest lake, Orchard Lake is 30% of the area of the village. A large portion of the Village comes from lakefront homes. Residents of the Village of Orchard Lake have easy drives to work because Orchard Lake Road is a main thorough fare that connects to Telegraph and I-696. There are three lakes in Orchard Lake Michigan. There are two large all sports lakes in Orchard Lake and one tiny lake that was attached to Cass Lake. Here are links to the three Orchard Lake lakes.
The biggest lake in Orchard Lake is the lake the Village is named after. Orchard Lake is the 3rd largest lake in Oakland County. There is no drinking on the lake. There is one island on the lake.
Orchard Lake is a large public all sports lake. It has a DNR public launch on the southwest corner of the lake on Orchard Lake Road just north of Pontiac Trail. Orchard Lake is 788 acres in size and the lake is 110 feet deep in the deepest spot. It has one large island on the lake that is called Apple Island. Apple Island has history of Indians going to the island.
There is no drinking on the lake and it does have a speed limit of 40 miles per hour. There is a no wake zone on the lake too. The lake lies entirely in Orchard Lake and the children on the lake go to West Bloomfield Schools or private schools if the parents chose that option.
The roads around the lake are paved and some of the homes sit across a road with just a small strip of land on the lake between the road and the lake. Orchard Lake homes have municipal water and sewers. No septic systems or wells to worry about. There are many big luxury lake estates on the lake and some of them sit on over an acre. There are no canals on the lake or a water ski course. So you won't be woke up by early morning water skiers. There are also some condos on Orchard Lake.
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This is the second largest lake in Orchard Lake Village. Upper Straits Lake lies in West Bloomfield too. It is another "upper end" lake with many beautiful luxury lake estates. You cannot get from Upper Straits Lake to Middle Straits Lake by boat. They are seperated by a road.
Upper Straits Lake in Orchard Lake MI also lies partly in West Bloomfield Michigan. It is a private all sports lake with no public DNR launch. There are several neighborhood associations that have association beaches on the lake. The size of Orchard Lake is 323 acres and the deepest spot on Orchard Lake is 96ft deep. The lake is not a man made lake it was most likely formed by glaciers millions of years ago. There is no speed limit on the lake other than the state limit of 55 miles per hour.
There is no one whole lake association though there are several home owner associations that include some homes on the lake. There are two school districts on the lake. It depends on where you live on the lake whether your children go to Walled lake schools or West Bloomfield Schools.
Most of the streets around the lake are paved though there is one that is gravel. Some of the homes on the lake have wells and some are on city water. It is similar that some homes are on sewer and some have septic systems. There is a wide variety of lake homes. There are huge luxury lake estate that sit on lots that are over an acre in size. There are also small lots and smaller homes on the lake. There are no cheap lake cottages on this lake as the price per square foot tends to be higher than prices on surrounding lakes.
There are a few canals on the lake. There is no water ski course on the lake so no early morning boats towning skiers. So the lake most likely be quiet in the early morning hours. There are no condominiums on the lake.
Dow Lake is just a tiny lake in Orchard Lake Village. There are some very nice luxury lakefront homes on the lake. What is great about the lake is that it is connected to Cass Lake in Oakland County via a canal. So you have the quite lake in front of you but access to Oakland County's largest lake.
Dow Lake is just a small lake. It is really just a small pond or you could even call it a small bay off Cass Lake but at some point they named the lake. It's not a private lake because there is DNR access on Cass Lake. So if you get on Cass Lake you can get on Dow Lake as it is connected by a canal to Cass Lake. Though there won't be much traffic on Dow Lake because some people don't even know about the canal or miss it.
Dow Lake in Orchard Lake Village is a no wake lake. I estimate the lake to be about 16-18 acres in size. The resident I talked to years ago said the lake is 30-60 feet deep. He didn't know for sure. There is no public beach on the lake. The lake lies entirely in the Village of Orchard Lake and the school district for the lake is West Bloomfield.
The streets around the lake are paved. Thehomes on Dow Lake are on sewers and are on municipal water. Some had not hooked up to it yet but water was at the street so they could do so at any time. The lots on the lake are large and some are over an acre in size.
Orchard Lake Village is a community in Oakland County in Michigan. The population was 2,375 at the 2010 census. A northern suburb of Metro Detroit, Orchard Lake Village is located about 3 miles southwest of the city of Pontiac
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