Orchard Lake

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Orchard Lake
Orchard Lake Michigan.jpg
Sunset on Orchard Lake, Michigan
Location Orchard Lake Village, Michigan,
United States
Coordinates 42°35′18″N 83°22′1″W / 42.58833°N 83.36694°W / 42.58833; -83.36694Coordinates: 42°35′18″N 83°22′1″W / 42.58833°N 83.36694°W / 42.58833; -83.36694
Basin countries United States
Surface area 795 acres (322 ha)
Max. depth 110 ft (34 m)
Islands Apple Island, Cedar Island
Settlements Orchard Lake Village

Orchard Lake is a medium-sized inland lake, 795 acres (3.2 km²). It has a 110 feet (34 m) maximum depth and is in the city of Orchard Lake Village in Oakland County, Michigan. It is the second-largest lake in Oakland County after Cass Lake.

The lake is unusual in that there is a large 35 acre (142,000 m²) island in the middle of the lake, Apple Island. The island was frequently inhabited by local Native Americans before the coming of Western settlers, who later planted an apple orchard on the island, giving rise to the current name of the lake. Apple Island is now abandoned and has been designated a protected wildlife sanctuary. The small Cedar Island is near the western shore.

The campus of the old Michigan Military Academy is on the northeast shore of the lake. The campus is now home to SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and St. Mary's Preparatory.

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