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Protecting Northern Michigan's ​Water Resources

Skegemog Lake

Skegemog Lake is situated between Torch Lake and Elk Lake. It was formerly known as Round Lake. It is connected to Elk Lake via a 1/4 mile-wide, seven-foot deep narrows (called the Skegemog Narrows). Elk and Skegemog Lakes are at the same elevation.

2,766 acres

OF SURFACE AREA

15 miles

OF SHORELINE

29 feet

MAX DEPTH

Overview of Skegemog Lake

Primary Inflows

Headwaters

Primary Outflows

Surface Area

2,766 acres

Shoreline

15 miles

Maximum Depth

29 feet

Known Aquatic Invasive Species

Description:

Skegemog Lake is situated between Torch Lake and Elk Lake. It was formerly known as Round Lake. It is connected to Elk Lake via a 1/4 mile-wide, seven-foot deep narrows (called the Skegemog Narrows). Elk and Skegemog Lakes are at the same elevation.

The majority of the shoreline of Skegemog Lake is undeveloped. Public access sites include two MDNR boat launches, several road endings, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy preserves, and the parcels that comprise the Skegemog Natural Area. 

The wetland on the lake’s eastern end and around the mouth of the Torch River (known as the Skegemog Swamp) is one of the largest in the region. 

The nearshore bottom sediments of Skegemog Lake are primarily sand (70%) followed by a mixture of rocks, gravel and sand (29%), with the rest (mostly in the eastern end) being soft muck or marl. The eastern end of the lake is shallow, and submerged logs and stumps are present quite a way offshore in places. The logs and stumps are from trees that once grew in a lakeside conifer swamp which were inundated by impoundment from the Elk Rapids dam. 

About half of the nearshore shallows are vegetated with muskgrass (or Chara), sago pondweed, and other species, with the remainder being mostly unvegetated. Because of Skegemog Lake’s fairly clear waters and shallow depth, aquatic plants grow throughout much of the lake. The only named tributaries are the Torch River, Desmond Creek, and Barker Creek.

Fish species identified during various DNR surveys include walleye, bullhead, rock bass, large- and smallmouth bass, white sucker, yellow perch, bluegill, brown and rainbow trout, bullhead, channel catfish, northern pike, longnose gar, muskellunge, cisco, pumpkinseed, and rosyface and golden shiners.

Monitoring and Research:

Black Lake is monitored through the Watershed Council’s Comprehensive Water Quality Monitoring (CWQM) Program and Volunteer Lake Monitoring (VLM) Program.

The Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed Plan Implementation Team meets regularly and is working to protect the lakes in the Chain.

Additional Resources:

See additional resources on our Aquavist page.

A wide variety of maps for this area are available online at the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) Data Resources page.

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2022 Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed Management PlanBeals Lake, Ben-Way Lake, Clam Lake, EGLE/EPA Approved Watershed Management Plans, Elk Lake, Elk River, Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed, Ellsworth Lake, Hanley Lake, Intermediate Lake, Lake Bellaire, Scotts Lake, Six Mile Lake, Skegemog Lake, St. Clair Lake, Torch Lake, Wilson Lakebeals-lake ben-way-lake clam-lake watershed-plan-approved elk-lake elk-river elk-river-chain-of-lakes-watershed ellsworth-lake hanley-lake intermediate-lake lake-bellaire scotts-lake six-mile-lake skegemog-lake st-clair-lake torch-lake wilson-lake inland-lakes rivers-streams watersheds
2017 Skegemog Lake Shoreline SurveyElk River Chain Of Lakes, Shoreline Surveys, Skegemog Lakeelk-river-chain-of-lakes shoreline-surveys skegemog-lake inland-lakes
2014-2015 Elk River Invasive Species Monitoring Project ReportBeals Lake, Ben-Way Lake, Clam Lake, Elk Lake, Elk River, Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed, Ellsworth Lake, Hanley Lake, Intermediate Lake, Invasive Species Monitoring, Lake Bellaire, Scotts Lake, Six Mile Lake, Skegemog Lake, St. Clair Lake, Torch Lake, Wilson Lakebeals-lake ben-way-lake clam-lake elk-lake elk-river elk-river-chain-of-lakes-watershed ellsworth-lake hanley-lake intermediate-lake invasive-species-monitoring lake-bellaire scotts-lake six-mile-lake skegemog-lake st-clair-lake torch-lake wilson-lake inland-lakes rivers-streams watersheds
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2010 Elk River Chain of Lakes Profile CWQMBen-Way Lake, Clam Lake, Comprehensive Water Quality Monitoring, Elk Lake, Elk River Chain Of Lakes, Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed, Ellsworth Lake, Hanley Lake, Intermediate Lake, Six Mile Lake, Skegemog Lake, St. Clair Lake, Torch Lake, Wilson Lakeben-way-lake clam-lake comprehensive-water-quality-monitoring elk-lake elk-river-chain-of-lakes elk-river-chain-of-lakes-watershed ellsworth-lake hanley-lake intermediate-lake six-mile-lake skegemog-lake st-clair-lake torch-lake wilson-lake inland-lakes watersheds

Elk Skegemog Lakes Association
The mission of the Elk Skegemog Lakes Association (ESLA) is to do all things and take such actions as may be necessary or desirable to protect and preserve the environment of the area of the Elk-Skegemog watershed, including connecting lakes, streams and wetlands.

For the Elk River Chain of Lakes GIS Map and Shoreline Survey:

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