Sylvan Lake, Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake is connected to Otter Lake. If you did not know it you would think it was all one lake. It is like Maceday Lake and Lotus Lake. They are connected and they could be construed as one and the same lake. Sylvan Lake lies in four different communities.

The children on the lake go to one of these schools depending on where they live on the lake. Pontiac Schools which are not very good at all, Waterford Schools, and West Bloomfield Schools (which is the best school system of the three).

Sylvan Lake Sylvan Lake lies just west of Telegraph Road. You can see the lake from Telegraph Road.

Homes on Sylvan Lake Sylvan Lake Michigan

The real estate on Sylvan Lake has many different home styles from Ranches, Colonials and Contemporary homes.  Recent Sylvan Lake homes for sale range from $199,000 to over 1.5 million dollars.  Some of the early lake cottages that still stand were built in the early 1920’s and some homes on Sylvan Lake have been built as late as 2008.  The homes range from:

  • 2  – 5+ bedrooms
  • no basements to walkouts
  • no garages to 3 car garages
  • 1 1/2  to 4 bathrooms
  • 1025 – over 6000 square foot

Sylvan Lake real estate offers any Michigan home buyer lots of variety.  There is a Sylvan Waterfront home that will fit any lifestyle and price range. The residents children attend Waterford, Pontiac or West Bloomfield Schools.

Sylvan Lake homes for sale MI

Sylvan Lake Sylvan Lake MI info

  • All Sports Lake                  Yes
  • Size                                     532 Acres (includes Otter Lake)  458 acres without Otter
  • Maximum Depth                 71 feet
  • Public Beach                      Yes only for Sylvan Lake residents
  • Public Access                     Yes only for Sylvan Lake residents
  • Wake Restrictions               None
  • Water Restrictions                None
  • Water source                       Cass Lake to Otter Lake and then to Sylvan
  • Cities the lake lies in                        Waterford, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Pontiac
  • School district for the lake               Waterford, West Bloomfield, Pontiac
  • Streets around the lake are               paved
  • City water                                         Municipal, community
  • City sewer                                         Sewer sanitary
  • Canals on Lake                                  yes
  • Lots over an acre on lake                   no
  • Water-ski course                                 n/a
  • Condominiums                                   yes

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.

Sylvan Lake Sylvan Lake MI

Some dreams are meant to come true.  Let’s try to make your dream of living on a lake real.   Are you with me?  Take the steps to make your dream come true. The lake lifestyle is amazing and once have a home on a lake you will be saying why didn’t you do this years before.  It is something about the tranquility of water that makes it so special.  You will have magical days of watching lake sunsets and watching the wildlife on the lake.   Days of enjoyment on the lake with family and friends.  It is special to see the mist rise off the lake on the cool fall days.  There are so many great Oakland County lakes to choose from.  And if you cannot find an Oakland County lake to fit you then there is Livingston County, Washtenaw County, and Genessee County were there are many other alternatives.   So many different lakes within an hours of Detroit.  There are Oakland County lakefront homes of every size, shape, and age.  It boils down to what you want in a home and what you are going to do on the lake Search Oakland County lake homes by map.  Zoom in on the lake or area to find your next lake house. 

We have great lake areas around metro Detroit  and in Southeastern Michigan that most people do not even realize that are there.  I have gathered information about lakefront homes on Sylvan Lake in Keego Harbor Michigan.  If you have questions about any lake or about seeing lake homes give me a call on my cell at (248) 310-6239.


Sylvan Lake in Sylvan Lake has a Beach and Park and boat ramp that is for residents only.  With Michigan’s summer temperature being between the 70 – 90 degrees most of the time Sylvan Lake is a great place to go.

Between January & October 26, 2012 here’s what sold on the lake.

Sylvan Lake Location

Sylvan Lake homes may be in Keego Harbor, the City of Sylvan Lake, or Waterford Township.  Sylvan Lake is in Oakland County MI.  Located West of Telegraph, South of Voorheis and W. Huron, North of Orchard Lake Rd, and East of South Cass Lake Rd.   

So what county should you buy a lake home in?  You should not base your decision on buying a lake home in on a county.  It should be about convenience.  If you are thinking about commuting to work which lakes, which counties will work best for you?  You do not want to be driving an hour and a half back and forth to work when you could have been driving only 45 minutes.

Another factor in many of my client’s decisions is not only drive time to work, but also how far away are their kids.  How far do the kids have to drive to get to the lake home, or Lake Cottage?  I have had clients that have kids in Lansing and one in Mt Clemens.  So they want the lake cottage to be somewhere in between.  They may have one child in Ann Arbor and one in Farmington Hills.  The clients may be retired so they have no drive time.  It is more about convenience to the kids.

All of your metro Detroit Counties have lake or ponds.  But most of them are in Oakland and Livingston County all have lakes.  All lakes are different.  So besides drive time it may boil down to the lake and the lake home you can find.  If you are not restricted by drive time then you have a wide open choice of four counties and hundreds of lakes.

So there is no best county to buy a lake home in.  There is no best city to buy a cottage in.  It is all about your criteria, your wants.  If you have no travel restrictions or times you will have many choices.  Feel free to email me what you are looking for in a lake home so I can set up a specialized lake home search that can be emailed to you.  My email is

Michigan Lakes Sylvan Lake Oakland County

Sylvan Lake MI Fishing

  • Northern Pike
  • Blue Gill
  • Crappie
  • Walleye
  • Rock Bass
  • SmallMouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass

More information about Sylvan Lake Public access and Sylvan Lake Beach Park

The City of Sylvan Lake must now pay property taxes on  park property because the parks are for residents only. They are not open to the general public. There are two Beach Areas in the City known, informally, as the “big” and “little” beach. The little beach is located on Lakeview and the big beach is on Ferndale at the park area. You must swim at your own risk as the city of Sylvan Lake does not employ a lifeguard at either swim area. Because the beach and park areas are for residents only, you must have a park tag which may be purchased at City Hall for $20.00

The City has about 165 Boat Dock Spaces around the lake. However, there is a lengthy waiting list, possibly up to 25 years. When you become a Sylvan Lake property owner or resident you may sign up to be added to the list. Once you obtain a space it is yours for as long as you are a resident, but you must renew it every year. You need not renew your spot on the waiting list every year. The City maintains a boat ramp next to the Oakland County Boat Club on Ferndale. You must purchase a key for $20.00 to unlock the chain at the ramp.. The charge for a boat dock space is $365.00 per year. If you are sharing your space with another resident that resident must pay an extra $365.00 fee.

To ensure that Sylvan Lakes Boat Ramp is being used only by authorized boat owners, you will be required to place a sticker on each watercraft you intend to launch at the ramp. The purchase of your boat ramp key will entitle you to one (1) sticker for one (1) watercraft. The stickers are non-transferable. Each watercraft launched at the boat ramp will require it’s own sticker. Additional stickers will be available for $10 to boats registered to Sylvan Lake residents.

Proof of PL & PD insurance for the dock space and all water craft that will be placed in the dock space. You are also required to name the City of Sylvan Lake as additionally insured on your homeowners insurance policy.

Sylvan Lake History

Sylvan Lakes history as a place to go in the summer months started back in 1893.  Four men, 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. The interurban railway from Detroit made it easy for more people to enjoy Sylvan Lake and the resort.

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The city of Sylvan Lake population is 1753 and the median household income is $68,750.  The kids that live in homes on Sylvan Lake either go to

  • Pontiac Schools
  • Waterford Schools
  • Private Schools
  • West Bloomfield Schools
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I hope this helps anybody that is thinking of buying Michigan Waterfront property in Oakland County or Sylvan Lake.  Enjoy the summer. 

Russ Ravary your Oakland County Lakefront home Realtor

Sylvan Lake homes sold in 2016

Russ Ravary – Metro Detroit real estate agent

Real Estate One

 (248) 310-6239

8430 Richardson Rd. Commerce MI 48382

Call me if you are looking to buy or sell on Sylvan Lake in Oakland County. If you want a full time 21 year experienced realtor that knows how to negotiate give me a call. 248-310-6239

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