With a surface area of over 17,000 acres and more than 55 miles of Michigan beach, Lake Charlevoix is the third largest lake in the state. The lake was also voted the second-best lake in America, behind Lake Tahoe, in USA Today’s 2012 poll. Picturesque cities are dotted around the lake including Charlevoix, Boyne City, and East Jordan. All of them have a host of unique shops and restaurants a stone-throws away from the water.
One of the biggest events on the lake is the Boyne Thunder race in July. It’s a Poker Race, which means it’s not about being the fastest boat. Instead, racers must reach five checkpoints on race day to collect a playing card. At the end of the day, the crew with the best poker hand with those five cards wins the race. The boats leave from Boyne city in the morning, travel across Lake Charlevoix, through the Charlevoix’s Round Lake Channel, and race across Lake Michigan, Grand Traverse Bay, the pine river, and Little Traverse Bay, and come back to Boyne City to finish the race in the natural beauty of northern Michigan.
Looking for a day full of fun in the sun? Summers in the Charlevoix area on Lake Charlevoix is exactly what you’re looking for. There are many beaches and a state park dotted around the lake, with an abundance of Petoskey stones. Plus, with the sheer size of the lake and multiple public boat launches available, you can easily spend your time on the water tubing, wakeboard, water skiing, jet skiing or just cruising around the lake looking at the million-dollar homes nestled on the shores.
While you’re out on your boat, don’t forget to bring your fishing pole! This lake, and Charlevoix County, is a great place to take your whole family out and catch a variety of inland-lake fish, also be sure to check out the Jordan River nearby. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources says the lake is home to Walleye, Yellow Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Rock Bass, Catfish, Crappie, and more.
It’s also home to some famous shipwrecks, too. Some of them include the wrecks of the Gordon, Beaver Queen, Onekama, and Jennie Mullen boats in the early 1900s and 1910s, the 1920s shipwreck of the Keuka, as well as the Avery and “Pottowatmee” with the dates of their sinking still unknown. You can even see the wreckage of an unidentified ship at the northern point of Oyster Bay on Google maps.
If you’re coming to northern Michigan, exploring the beautiful blue waters of Lake Charlevoix is a must. Earl Young has left his mark in the area and the natural preserves and beauty of the area are must-sees.