5 largest lakes in Oakland County MI

Here are the 5 Largest lakes in Oakland County MI in order.  I have only included lakes that are not in Metro Parks or entirely in public land.  Cass Lake, Orchard Lake, Walled Lake, Pontiac Lake, and White Lake.  If you are looking for what is for sale currently on those lakes you can go to any of the links below and get the latest lake listings.

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Cass Lake Waterford MI

Cass Lake Waterford MI

4 of the 5 lakes list above have public launch sites.  Only Walled Lake in Oakland County is a private Lake.  Most of these lakes are large enough that they sit in multiple cities.  No these Oakland County lakes are no like the huge lakes in Maine, Kentucky where you can ride for hours and never get around them.  They are not even close to the size of Michigan’s Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, or Torch Lake.  In fact our biggest lake down here is Cass Lake which is only 1280 acres in size.  That is small when compared to the over 20,000 acre Houghton Lake.  Cass Lake is in West Bloomfield, Waterford, and Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake is in West Bloomfield and Orchard Lake Village, Walled Lake is in Novi and Walled Lake.  White Lake is in White Lake Township and Highland.  Pontiac Lake is the only lake that is entirely in one community…White Lake Township.

Pontiac Lake in White Lake Township

Pontiac Lake in White Lake Township

 

Cass Lake is 1280 acres, Orchard Lake is 788 acres, Walled Lake is 670 acres, Pontiac Lake is 640 acres, and White Lake is 540 acres.  All of these lakes are big enough  to do any type of water sports that you want.  If you do not know an all sports lake means that you can use any type of personal watercraft (jet skis), any type of boats, and pull anybody on tubes, skis, or wakeboards.  So you can drive your speed boat fast if you want to, or you can kayak.  You are not limited to electric motors like Green Lake in West Bloomfield or on Bogie Lake in White Lake.  You will find sea planes on the lake, loud racing boats on the lakes occasionally.  Even though these lakes are good size you are not going to find boats over 30′ in size on the lake.  They are not big enough to drive on.  Most boats are in the 18′ to 24′ range.  You are going to find sail boats, paddle boats, jet skis, speed boats and lots of pontoon boats.  I would say from my experience as a lake realtor that there are more pontoon boats on any of these lakes than any other type of boats.  Pontoon boats are so versatile and great for taking the family and friends out at any one time.

Example of some of the homes on Orchard Lake

Example of some of the homes on Orchard Lake

So let’s talk about the real estate on the lakes.  Cass Lake in Waterford and Orchard Lake are going to be a little more high end lakes.  Many of the old homes have been torn down and bigger new homes have been built in their place.  You will be able to find large luxury lakefront estates that cost more than a million dollars on these two lakes.     Pontiac Lake is the lake where you will find more old lake cottages on  it.  Pontiac Lake in White Lake Township does not have the mega mansions on it.  Most of the homes you will find will be less than 2500 square feet.  White Lake in Highland MI will have some larger homes ranging over 3000 square feet to small cottages that are only 1000 square feet.  You will find many lake houses that are only about 1000  to 1500 square feet.  Walled Lake in Novi has many nice lake homes but does not have the mega mansions like Cass Lake or Orchard Lake do.  Though it does have several nice 3000+ square foot homes on it.

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