The lake actually consists of two large bodies of water connected by a narrow channel crossed by the State Route 22 bridge, with the larger body to the east being referred to as “Big Glen Lake” and the smaller body to the west as “Little Glen Lake”.
In 1873, an effort was made to connect Crystal Lake with Lake Michigan via a channel. The lake level of Crystal Lake was higher than that of Lake Michigan and when the channel was opened, the water level in Crystal Lake dropped about 20 ft (6.1 m).
Grand Traverse Bay Known for its shimmering blue water and golden sand beaches, the Grand Traverse Bay region is a popular vacation destination, year round. The bay is 32 miles long, 10 miles wide, and up to 620 feet deep in spots.
National Geographic designate “6th most beautiful lake in the world”. Higgins Lake is known for its crystal clear water, sandy shore lines & artesian wells supplying over 50% of its water. Higgins Lake is Michigan’s 10th largest lake with over 9,000 acres of clear water drawling recreational and fishing enthusiasts year round.
The name of the lake is not due to its shape, rather, is derived from translation from the Ojibwa name Was-wa-gon-ong meaning “Place of the Torches”, referring to the practice of the local native American population who once used torches at night to attract fish for harvesting with spears and nets.