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Otter Lake Waterford Michigan information

Otter Lake is connected to the northwest end of Sylvan Lake and connecting with Cass Lake on the southeast via a segment of the Clinton River.   There are several marshes on the lake which support abundant wildlife.  One marsh that is on the east end of the lake acts as a partial separation from Otter Lake to Sylvan Lake.  Otherwise they would look like one big lake. 


Otter Lake Waterford Michigan 


  • Cities the lake lies in                        Waterford 
  • School district for the lake                Waterford
  • Streets around the lake are                Paved
  • City water                                          Municipal
  • City sewer                                         Sewer sanitary
  • Canals on Lake                                  yes
  • Lots over an acre on lake                   no
  • Water-ski course                                 n/a



The water ski course is on the south side of Otter Lake.  It runs along the edge of the marsh.  The ski course is set up in shallow water, it is only 3’ to 4’ average depth. It is designed for inboard ski boats. Inboard/Outboard boats will probably hit the bottom and damage a prop. There is also a steel cable running the entire length of the course that can easily get caught in your prop causing damage.

Otter Lake Waterford Michigan

Since 1912 The Oakland County Boat Club has been on Sylvan Lake. The Oakland County Boat Club is a private, not-for-profit, social club and marina located in Sylvan Lake.  Fireworks have been a tradition in Sylvan Lake for at least 70 years. The fireworks are currently sponsored by the Oakland County Boat Club.

In 1893 Merrill B. Mills, Mansfield Shelley, George Barbour, and J. Blair Simpson decided to establish a resort at Sylvan Lake. The center of the resort, a hotel, was erected on the present site of the community Center for $25,000. The resort included a golf course, riding stable, bathing beach, bowling alley, and billiards. The grounds were lighted by electricity in connection with the interurban railway.  In 1903 the inn burned down.

Otter Lake Oakland County MI

The children on the lake go to Waterford schools.

  • All sports lake                      Yes
  • Private                                  No
  • Size                                       81 acres, 540 acres when combined with Sylvan Lake
  • Maximum Depth                  50 feet
  • Public Access                       Yes on Sylvan Lake
  • Public Beach                        No
  • Wake restrictions                 Unknown
  • Water Source                       Unknown

Otter Lake is connected to the north end of Sylvan Lake

 Michigan home buyer bonus

Every weekend Detroiter pack up the car each to drive three, four, five hours to get to their lake.  They may be driving to Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, Opal Lake, or Torch Lake to name a few of the many beautiful lakes up north.  They head up on Friday fighting the traffic on I-75 or 23 or 27.  To skip fighting the traffic they will either take off another day early or come back on Tuesday.

So why do all of that.  We have so many beautiful lakes within an hour of metro Detroit.  My own cottage is only 15 minutes away.  What you say 15 minutes?  Whether it is 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour, or 4 hours away it is all the same.  Your lake cottage is your get away from the real world.  It is your escape place.  Your place to go to unwind.  A place to recharge.  To have fun and make memories with the family.

I myself do not want to be worn out and tired when I get to my lake home.  You should not be frustrated from fighting the traffic.  You should not have to leave early to beat the traffic.  You do not need to cut a beautiful Sunday afternoon short because you want to beat the traffic jam and the snarl of traffic. 

So why drive 4 hours?  So why cut your Sunday afternoon short when you can have a beautiful lake home within an hour of home.  So call me today on my cell at (248) 310-6239 to start on your local lake home search!




Otter Lake real estate Oakland County MI

The largest piece of Otter Lake real estate is a 6500 square foot colonial.  Some of the smallest ranches are about 1000 square feet.  The majority of the lakefront homes range from 1000 square feet to 2600 square feet.

The lake front homes were built from 1928 to the present time.  Otter Lake properties range from 40' to 200' of lake frontage.  Most of the lake properties are under 90' of lake frontage.  You are not going to find large lots with acreage on Otter Lake.  I think one of the biggest lots is about 1.36 acre.

Otter Lake properties Waterford Michigan

Between January & October 25, 2012 here's what sold on the lake.

1304 OTTER AVE 1195 1195 8 0.8009 1492 1928 N
1131 OTTER AVE 1330 1330 11 0.7189 1850 1992 N
1131 OTTER AVE 1330 1330 26 0.7189 1850 1992 N
1281 LABROSSE DR 103000 100000 51 84.2459 1187 1977 N
1154 OTTER AVE 194900 136000 22 89.3561 1522 1955 N
317 S CASS LAKE RD 175000 170000 19 136 1250 1959 N
359 BEVERLY ESTATES DR 194900 190000 99 54.3478 3496 1989 N
348 BEVERLY ISLAND DR 249900 240000 1 95.6175 2510 1960 N
359 S CASS LAKE RD 292900 265000 63 202.29 1310 1959 N
313 BEVERLY ESTATES DR 325900 315000 56 146.2395 2154 1998 N
316 BEVERLY ISLAND DR 399000 375000 45 149.3428 2511 1989 N


Here are the four Otter Lake foreclosures that have sold from 2008 - 2011.

1478 OTTER AVE 5/25/10 720,00 640,00  47.6  1345    3    1.1
348 BEVERLY ISLAND DR 6/1/11 177,448  180,250  71.8  2510    4    3.1
337 BEVERLY ESTATES DR 6/30/09 252,900  233,500  62.9  3711    3    2.1
340 BEVERLY ESTATES DR 7/11/08 269,900  279,900  126.5  2212    4    3.1




Otter Lake real estate Waterford MI

Here are all the lakefront homes that sold between 1/2010 and 11/15/2011.

1251 BAMFORD DR 3/16/11 1100 1100   1308    3    2
437 S CASS LAKE RD 1/17/11 1200 1200   1381    3    2.1
1478 OTTER AVE 5/25/10 72000  64,000  47.6 1345    3    1.1
1251 BAMFORD DR 10/26/10 124900  124,900  95.5 1308    3    2
1253 BAMFORD DR 10/8/10 124,900  129,000  93.6 1378    3    1.1
348 BEVERLY ISLAND DR 6/1/11 177,448  180,250  71.8 2510    4    3.1
415 S CASS LAKE RD 10/25/10 249,900  230,000  134.9 1704    4    2
3305 HARBOURS BLVD 4/21/10 309,000  266,000 93.2 2854    3    2.3
402 BEVERLY ISLAND DR 5/27/10 299,000  280,000 133.3 2100    3    1.1
1430 OTTER AVE 9/30/11 299,900  280,000 164.7 1700    3    3.1
3329 HARBOURS BLVD 10/29/10 349,900  312,000 107.4 2905    3    3.1
332 BEVERLY ESTATES DR 4/26/10 349,900  340,000 98.9 3435    4    3.2
331 BEVERLY ISLAND DR 11/3/11 729,500  660,000 116.8 5650    4    4.1

Otter Lake homes Oakland County MI

There is plenty of lake access homes near Otter Lake



Lake homes are one of the best investments you can make.  As our lives get busier and busier more buyers will see the value of owning a lake home in Oakland County or around metro Detroit.  Driving up north may be out of the question for some potential lake home buyers.  You may have to be on call on weekends.  It is much easier if you were less than an hour away.  You can be anywhere you need to be quick.  Some people need to be close to Detroit because of their kids busy activities, work, or family. 


It is the same way for family and friends.  If you want family and friends to come to your lake house they will most likely come when it is a short drive versus driving 4 or 5 hours.  Oakland County waterfront properties are a great investment because they are not making more lakes.  There is a limited supply and always a high demand.  As the years go by lake home values will continue to grow.  Here is lots of information about waterfront properties on Otter lake in WAterfordMichigan.  Search Oakland County lake properties for sale by map.  Zoom in on the lake or area to find your dream lake home.  


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Otter Lake Location

Otter Lake is located in Waterford Township Oakland County MI.  It is east of S Cass Lake Rd, south of M-59/Huron St and west of Telegraph.US-24 . Otter Lake is to the north of Sylvan Lake.

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Otter Lake Fishing

  • Blue Gill
  • Crappie
  • Northern Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass

Waterford Twp lakes - Otter Lake Oakland County MI


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 Otter Lake 2016 sold homes

1073 AUDUBON 3 3 1,680 $177,933 $185,000 02/26/2016 Lake Front
6555 Sherman Dr 2 3 1,824 $199,000 $195,000 05/26/2016 Lake Front
1304 Otter AVE 1 3 1,500 $250,000 $225,000 06/27/2016 Lake Front
1400 OTTER AVE 2 3 1,120 $289,900 $278,000 07/29/2016 Canal Front
425 BEVERLY ISLAND DRV 2 3 2,655 $349,500 $345,000 03/04/2016 Lake Front
1161 BAMFORD DRV 4 4 3,600 $365,000 $365,000 02/01/2016 Lake Front
329 BEVERLY ESTATES DRV 2 3 2,298 $449,900 $435,000 03/31/2016 Canal Front, Lake/River Priv
3300 WINDCROFT 2 3 3,560 $825,000 $700,000 12/29/2016 Lake Front


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