Living on Orchard Lake vs. Living on Marion Lake
First, we'll compare the obvious fact. Orchard lake is a much smaller lake than Marion. Marion is 550 square acres and Orchard is 235 square acres. This gives Orchard a much more private setting and ensures it won't ever be as busy. Surprisingly, Orchard is deeper than Marion getting down to 33 feet at it's deepest point. Marion only gets as deep as 21 feet.
Fish: Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Walleye, White Sucker, Yellow Bullhead, and Yellow Perch.
Max Depth: 21 feet
Access: Boat Ramp
Fish: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Muskellunge (Muskie), Northern Pike, Tiger Muskellunge (Tiger Muskie), and Walleye.
Max Depth: 33 feet
Access: Boat Ramp
Parks: There are three parks located on Marion Lake. Antlers Park, West Marion Lake Park, and Casperson Park. Antlers park has multiple attractions including a playground, sand volleyball, baseball field, picnic shelters and tables, grills, and a sand beach with a dock. Casperson Park has a fishing pier and boat launch, volleyball, soccer field, picnic areas and trails. West Marion Lake park is mainly used for its trails. It is a great place to go for a run or walk the dog.
Boating: Marion Lake is very heavily used for tubing, skiing, and other recreational water activities.
Parks: There are two recreation spots on Orchard Lake. Orchard Lake Park and Orchard Lake Beach. Orchard Lake Park includes a picnic shelter and a playground. It is a small and private park. Orchard Lake beach is also small and private. It is a great place to bring the kids to go swimming and hang out.
Very close to Orchard Lake is Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve. This park is known for its extensive biking trails and cross-country skiing area.
Picture Credit: https://www.threeriversparks.org/location/murphy-hanrehan-park-reserve/
Boating: Due to it's smaller size, you won't see as much tubing and other water sports. It is still used for that at times but fishing is much more popular on this lake.
Marion Lake has always had more of a demand than Orchard Lake due to its size and central location.
The average cost of homes sold in the last year on Marion Lake is around $850,000 and the average cost on Orchard Lake is around $650,000. Both lakes are pretty high demand and for a good reason. Living in Lakeville is good enough, but to be on a lake? Paradise!
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