Orchard Lake (Michigan)

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Orchard Lake
Orchard Lake Michigan.jpg
Sunset on Orchard Lake, Michigan
LocationOrchard Lake Village, Michigan,
United States
Coordinates42°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 countriesUnited States
Surface area795 acres (322 ha)
Max. depth110 ft (34 m)
Surface elevation928 feet (283 m)[1]
Islandstwo; Apple Island, Cedar Island
SettlementsOrchard Lake Village

Orchard Lake is a 795-acre lake located in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, United States. It has a 110-foot (34 m) maximum depth. Orchard Lake is the second-largest lake, and third-deepest lake, in Oakland County.

The lake has a 35-acre island in the middle of it, 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. Another island, Cedar Island, is near the lake's 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.

Largest and deepest Oakland County lakes[edit]

The ten largest lakes in Oakland County are:

1. Cass Lake (Waterford Twp. and West Bloomfield Twp.) 1,280 acres

2. Kent Lake (Milford Twp.) 1,200 acres

3. Orchard Lake (West Bloomfield Twp.) 795 acres

4. Walled Lake (Commerce Twp.) 670 acres

5. Pontiac Lake (Waterford Twp) 640 acres

6. White Lake (White Lake Twp.) 540 acres

7. Sylvan Lake (Waterford Twp.) 532 acres

8. Lake Orion (Orion Twp.) 506 acres

9. Lake Angelus (Auburn Hills) 477 acres

10. Union Lake (Commerce Twp.) 465 acres


The ten deepest lakes in Oakland County are:[2]

1. Cass Lake (Waterford Twp. and West Bloomfield Twp.) 123 feet

2. Maceday Lake (Waterford Twp.) 117 feet

3t. Orchard Lake (West Bloomfield Twp.) 110 feet

3t. Union Lake (Commerce Twp.) 110 feet

5. Walnut Lake (West Bloomfield Twp.) 101 feet

6t. Van Norman Lake (Independence Twp. and Waterford Twp.) 90 feet

6t. Pine Lake (West Bloomfield Twp.) 90 feet

8. Lake Angelus (Auburn Hills) 88 feet

9t. Loon Lake (Waterford Twp.) 73 feet

9t. Silver Lake (Waterford Twp.) 73 feet

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Orchard Lake (Michigan)
  2. ^ "Search Results - Lakelubbers". www.lakelubbers.com.

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