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Old 06-29-2017, 05:52 PM
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So, a potential move leads me to ask this question. If I am going to move to the Detroit area, I said to DH, I have to live somewhere really nice and would like to live on a lake. BUT- can you swim in them? Is there fish in them? Are any big enough to waterski on? How bad are the mosquitos?
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Old 06-29-2017, 07:19 PM
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Curious, why are you limiting yourself to Bloomfield Township? There are many large lakes just to the northwest which will be better than anything you'd find in Bloomfield Township.

To answer your questions, there are lakes in Bloomfield Township which allow swimming, fishing, boating, skiing, tubing, and jet-skiing, but only for residence who own lots directly on the lake - there's no public access. Personally, I wouldn't swim or fish in the smaller lakes, they tend to be more stagnant. As for mosquitoes, there are always a few but the larger swarms usually appear around dusk.
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Old 06-29-2017, 09:11 PM
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There are numerous "all-sports" lakes in Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield, Commerce/Commerce Township, Waterford, Lake Orion/Orion Township.

Some of the larger lakes do have DNR public access sites/boat launches like Orchard Lake, Cass Lake, Lake Orion, Pontiac Lake.

Many of the smaller lakes are private with residence-only or HOA/association access only.
Many of the "all sports" lakes have weed control/vegetation management programs to ensure they remain boat-able and swim-able.

Yes, you can boat in them. Yes, you can swim in them. I've personally done both in many of these lakes over the years. The lakes with public access sites/boat ramps tend to be much busier and can be a bit rowdy or congested on peak summer weekends. Lots of water skiers, jet-skis, tubing, pontoon/party boats, etc.

Many of the lakes in the area are spring-fed and/or are the headwaters of the Clinton or Huron Rivers / watersheds. You may want to avoid any of the lakes that are "black" lakes, or run-off fed which tend to be more like glorified ponds. Also, there are a handful of lakes up in the Lake Orion and Oxford areas which are actually old gravel quarries that filled with water over the decades.

One thing to consider is that decades ago in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s many of the lakes throughout Oakland County were actually vacation destinations or cottage/second homes for the well-off that lived in the city. Many of the original homes on these lakes used to be simple summer cottages. Over the decades since as Metro Detroit has expanded and sprawled-out these lakes have now become suburban residential areas. Many of the original cottages have been bought-up, torn down, and replaces with multi-million dollar custom homes. Its not uncommon on many of the Oakland County lakes to see a hodge-podge of 1930s-era cottages, 1960's sprawling ranches or mid-century modern, and multi-million dollar new-built custom homes.

So, in short, yes, many of the Oakland County lakes are a hidden gem of the region and can feel almost like a vacation home. You need to do your research on any given lake to understand the public/private access, water quality, size/depth, and types of homes on each lake.
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Old 06-30-2017, 07:40 AM
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Commute time into downtown Detroit (40 to 50 minute max) led us to Bloomfield.
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Old 06-30-2017, 08:14 AM
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I always thought that Pine Lake was the nicest of that cluster of lakes in Bloomfield Township area, between Orchard Lake Rd and Telegraph.
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