There’s a reason that Lake Charlevoix, Michigan, placed second only to Lake Tahoe in USA Today’s readers poll of America’s best lakes. A boat tour of Lake Charlevoix, the third largest lake in Michigan, will not only be a priceless part of your Northern Michigan vacation but also give you access to three of Northern Michigan’s best small towns: East Jordan at the bottom of the lake’s south arm; Boyne City at the eastern edge of the north arm; and Charlevoix on the lake’s western edge. A shallow ledge, which outlines the entire lake, makes this Northern Michigan attraction ideal for anchoring and relaxing the day away on Lake Charlevoix, Michigan.
Three ways to Experience Lake Charlevoix, Michigan
Take a trip on one of the shortest ferry rides in the world: the four-car cable-guided Ironton ferry, which transports cars, people and bikes across the narrows of Lake Charlevoix has been in operation since 1876. For rates and hours: Charlevoixcounty.org.
The Sunshine is a 45-foot cruising yacht that sails on both Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. The tours are flexible, and you can charter your own trip according to your needs. Purchase tickets at the kiosk across from Charlevoix City Dock #1 or call for reservations. 231.547.0266, sunshinecharters.com.
Find boats and jet ski rentals at Sunset Watersports, 231.932.1800, sunsetwatersports.
Young State Park
Visit the 560-acre Young State Park on Lake Charlevoix, Michigan, to camp or simply to enjoy its sandy beachfront. A Michigan State Parks Passport is required.
Find it: 2280 Boyne City, Rd., Boyne City. 231.582.7523.
Depot Beach on Lake Charlevoix is adjacent to the old train depot, which is now an historical museum.
Find it: Depot Beach is located at the end of Mercer Boulevard off U.S. 31 and has lifeguards, playground equipment, restrooms and picnic areas.
Ferry Avenue Beach
Ferry Beach, with its sandy swimming area is a popular beach for families. Find lifeguards, playground equipment, a concession, picnic areas, and restrooms.
Find it: Take Stover Road east off of M-66, or Belvedere Avenue from downtown.