2016 Torch Lake Freeride July 9th, 2016

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DATE: JULY 9th, 2016


Location: TORCH LAKE SANDBAR. The main Launch (closest to the sand bar) is on the south end of the lake, Near torch riviera and torch river marine. LIMITED PARKING!
Not to scale, but you get the idea.


Rules: (not mine the State of Michigan)
Do not come flying into the sandbar towards other boats and people!

150' from all boats.
Idle zone 150' from shore
Idle zone 150' in and out of sandbar (idle to and from sandbar)
Boat launch and river are also idle only zones, From the boat launch idle out to the bouys (its not that far).

Also a Saturday in July at Torch does have some police patrol (mainly on the sandbar). I have been asked for registration before. Some of us are staying up longer than the weekend so lets keep it on good terms with the P.D. If you choose to drink you are adults, but I ask for the sake of the group that you wait to after the riding or atleast keep it discrete, and do so responsibly. We want to save face with the locals and the police and stay on there good side. We are all adults if your ski isn't legal that's your choice. However, What is important to the entire group is that we don't give the cops a reason to pull us over! let them deal with the drunks on the sandbar and not all of us. 2012 they were all over us, 2013 & 2014 they pretty much left us alone. So I am posting these rules so that everyone knows what is expected and we can be left alone again and have an enjoyable ride.

Disclaimer/other info:
This is a FreeRide! Myself and @SuperN8 will do the best we can to get everybody as much info as we can for the day, but we are not responsible for you (we want to ride too and enjoy our vacation). There are no set times. The riding will take place west of the sandbar on south end of lake. If you can bring scissor stand or some rope and tie up in between riding (if someone in the group is bringing a boat that works well).

Most likely you will launch right next to the house I am staying at and see some skis on the beach (if we are not out already). PLEASE DO NOT STOP HERE OR BEACH YOUR SKI HERE!!!!!! I am staying here with several families that are not associated with the freeride. We will meet on the sandbar.

This isn't the best freeride out there. We have rules to follow to keep this thing going (but honestly its Michigan law), limited lodging, limited parking, but this is America's most beautiful lake! So come out hang out, and enjoy the water!

Thanks guys!
 

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Stay tuned, Some better camping options may be available this year. @Smokey72013

Currently here is the options:
Lodging:
Still looking for some better options but here is what we have so far. If your planning on staying overnight, here are some options. Book in advance these places book up!
Option #1- Rapid River Campground, is the best option. Located in Mancelona only a few miles away.

Option #2-Northwind hotel- On the water, south side of lake close to sand bar they have docks, beachfront, and buoys up.http://www.northwindresort.com/

Option #3 Torch Grove Camp Grounds- (231)322-2891RV only, not tent campers. Across the road from lake, launch ramp 1/2 mile from camp grounds, South side of lake, There is a place on the water across from campgrounds where you can dock or tie our skis up for up to 5 hours.

Option #4 South Torch Resort http://southtorchresort.com/. South side of the lake not on the water but close to the launch.

Option #5 The Inn at Torch lake, 9076 Helena Rd, Alden, MI 231 331 4845. This place is kinda of hike to the sandbar. It is in downtown alden on the west side of the lake.

Option #6 Various rentals, There are several rental homes and cabins along the lake. Most only book for entire weeks and not weekend rentals.



Other lodging alternatives, if you don’t mind a little drive to the lake, is staying in a motel/hotel in Kalkaska. There are a few options in Kalkaska and looks to be around 60 bucks a night. It’s about a 20minute drive to the lake. Also only about 15 miles from turtle creek casino if you like to gamble :)


Granada Inn Motel - http://www.motelskalkaskami.com/

Econo Lodge - http://www.econolodge.com/hotel-kalkaska-michigan-MI180?source=gglocaljn

North Country American Inn Hotel - http://www.northcountryamericaninn.com/

All Seasons Resort - http://www.kalkaskaallseasons.com/
 
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Good news I will have full access to 400' of frontage with a beach on torch Lake near my parents house right off of cresswell rd. So it's about 15 min north of the south end of torch. More to come tons of camping up here. Also I talked to an trim County cops dnr and my brother to see about permits tor a v wake boats. They said they will not be allowing that ever in that area, but would let us do that further away (north away from the sand bar). So if you want to camp in a fresh cut hay field or the campground and ride north with a lot of freedom it can be easily done
 
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Good news I will have full access to 400' of frontage with a beach on torch Lake near my parents house right off of cresswell rd. So it's about 15 min north of the south end of torch. More to come tons of camping up here. Also I talked to antrim County cops dnr and my brother to see about permits for a v wake boats. They said they will not be allowing that ever in that area, but would let us do that further away (north away from the sand bar). So if you want to camp in a fresh cut hay field or the campground and ride north with a lot of freedom it can be easily done. If the northern energy of the lake does not sound good with free field camping then I will contact my friend that has a house right next to the torch river bridge.
 
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Finally remembered my password so I could sign in here. I plan on riding with you guys at the south end. If it gets too big or some guys want to get in a little less congested area I have a great 400' beach to use and tons of camping room. I am soooooo looking forward to this it's been a rough year for me and I need this.
 
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I've only got about a 300-mile drive very very excited can't wait to meet a lot of you guys and see some of these crazy stroker Billet motor freak machines that you guys build
 

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Good news I will have full access to 400' of frontage with a beach on torch Lake near my parents house right off of cresswell rd. So it's about 15 min north of the south end of torch. More to come tons of camping up here. Also I talked to an trim County cops dnr and my brother to see about permits tor a v wake boats. They said they will not be allowing that ever in that area, but would let us do that further away (north away from the sand bar). So if you want to camp in a fresh cut hay field or the campground and ride north with a lot of freedom it can be easily done

Me and a few of my buddies are looking for a place to camp. Also I may have a billet motor ski you could try out :)
 
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Unless we get enough people I would be just camping in a hay field 10 min from the south end of torch lake. The many feet of frontage is still available but more of a freeride spot only. Camping is plenty 40+ acer field on rents front piece of land. No charge just be respectful of there property. I'd love to meet a bunch of Michigan riders
 

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Unless we get enough people I would be just camping in a hay field 10 min from the south end of torch lake. The many feet of frontage is still available but more of a freeride spot only. Camping is plenty 40+ acer field on rents front piece of land. No charge just be respectful of there property. I'd love to meet a bunch of Michigan riders

We have two tents. Check your pm box
 
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Motohomes tents campers all welcome. Let's make this big. Antrim County has stated they will be all over the sand bar thisvyear. We really need to tiling of riding elsewhere.
All the camping space you could dream of is available. Please come stay. With us. Got a great spot 10 min north or torch and some good surf riding on the gt west bay
 
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