Underwater Caves leading from Higgins to torch Lake!

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Lansing, MI

#1 Jan 27, 2007
Supposely they have found underwater caves in each lake. speculation has lead to believe that these so called under water caves connect to each other. No
evidence to back it up. But there both beautiful lakes.

Canton, MI

#2 Jan 29, 2007
could this be how the strange seaweed plants are growing in the lake now? thru transfer of water and different fish you think?

Charlevoix, MI

#3 Aug 30, 2008
Yes, the spring pockets in the deep areas of Higgins Lake have long been speculated to be fed by an underground river.
Officially, the maximum depth is recorded as ~145'. But where there are spring holes in the lake bottom, the depth of the spring is unmeasurable and due to the currents, cannot be read using even modern sonar. Or so it is said. I recall a story that when Cousteau explored long ago, he used a weighted line method over one such area & could not reach the bottom and ran out of line in his attempt.
Geologically- there is a fault line crossing Michigan on a diagonal from Traverse Bay. Along that diagainal fault you can see many lakes & river headwaters begin from that as well.
Surface conditions of Higgins Lake also seem to be influanced by the wave conditions from Traverse Bay & Lake Michigan to some degree as well.
Then there is the old Indian legend tale of a Chief being lost in a storm while transporting a load of furs in a canoe across the northern end of Traverse Bay. It is said that the body of the Chief as well as the goods were never found... but many weeks later, some pieces of the Chiefs canoe were found floating in Higgins Lake. The legend continues that it is this Chief's spirit that walks the shores & beaches of Higgins Lake at every sunrise with his footprint being mysteriously left in the sand at daybreak.
Interestingly, just to the south of B&B marina along the shelf before the drop-off is a nice example of a large spring pocket that can be clearly seen from a boat- it is something like 50' across and 'officially' listed as ~80' deep.
Robert B from ellsworth

Universal City, TX

#4 Jun 5, 2014
My mother always told us the a Mr. J. CAUSTOUE took a one person submersible down in the lake (torch) in the early/mid 1900's and found a network of marvelous limestone and granite caves from 300 ft plus deep left by glaciers causing water to flow at high pressure under the bottoms of the ice. Leaving caves and river like ditches and holes I n the soft rock and ground in michigan. I have always wondered what iys like down there. But the lakes are scary and need to be super respected to keep michigan clean.

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