How many people and ages? Also what type of activities are you looking for on the lake? Fishing, waterskiing, kayaking, sailing, watching birds / wildlife ?
Crystal, Glen, Lake Leelanau, torch are all beautiful lakes ... I've been on long, but it's been many many years.
Locals will no doubt chime in as to the lakes you mentioned.
What about Sutton's Bay?
Are you looking to do water sports? How do you plan to enjoy the lake? That'll help narrow it down.
2 adults We would canoe or kayak. Also plan to do wineries, Traverse City, thevDunes etc
We rented a great house (and one ok house) in Sutton's Bay. The one we really liked was on Lee Point Rd.. You could see Mission Peninsula and downtown TC. You were right on Lake Michigan but on the Bay. Cute town. My family canoed and kayaked. We had our own sand beach with fire pit.
Lake Leelanau is very nice too.
Thanks for the information!
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If you are still looking...We have stayed on Long Lake, Spider Lake and Silver Lake, all close to Traverse City. We liked Long Lake, very short drive to TC and our rental there included a canoe. Spider Lake was super mucky along the shore, but our cottage had a rowboat and paddleboats to get out away from the shore. Silver Lake had a nice sandy bottom, but more year round residents than vacation rentals. That rental included kayaks or a pontoon boat for an extra fee.Edited: 5:20 pm, August 21, 2017
If you're interested in wineries, I would focus on the lakes on the Leelanau Peninsula. Lake Leelanau, Glen Lake, or Sutton Bay would all be great choices with lots of great dining and hiking options all around. To me, Spider Lake and George Lake are all in the wrong direction (and candidly not nearly as picturesque as the others mentioned).