Walloon Lake, known for its deep azure blue color and 100 ft. depth, was originally named Talcott. After a local butcher, J. R. Haas,
saw the name Walloon Lake on an old railroad map, he sought to discover the history behind the name. A group of people called the Walloons, from Belgium,
settled the land at the north end of the lake, which was then called Bear Lake. No trace of this family has ever been located. But the name Walloon Lake has
remained. This beautiful lake has 30 miles of shoreline and is shape like the figure of a woman. You may hear locals refer to their cottages on the west arm,
or the foot, etc. For nearly 100 years, there have been cottages and cabins along the shoreline, hidden in the dense woods, where midwestern families sought
out the comforts of summers in Northern Michigan. It has always been a hidden secret of the north. Walloon Lake Inn has been a quaint country inn for nearly
one hundred years. It was originally called The Fern Cottage and served as a docking point for steamboats that would take travelers to hotels or their own
cottages along Walloon Lake.
Walloon Lake has become one of the most desirable summer resort areas the
north has to offer. Its historic blue waters still captivate and refresh its visitors. And the shoreline has become home to many that originally visited only
for the summer season. Though there are still a number of original cottages, many have been replaced by waterfront mansions and luxurious year ‘round
residences. Many who were once “resorters” have become “locals” who fell in love with the beautiful lady of Walloon Lake.
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