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Charlevoix is a boaters' mecca with well-protected harbors on Round Lake and Lake Charlevoix with easy access to Lake Michigan.
Charlevoix is well known for its beaches and the accolades are richly deserved. The city has four beaches, two on lakes Charlevoix and Michigan, as well as a State Park beach. The Lake Michigan beaches (Lake Michigan, Mount McSauba, Fisherman's Island) offer a perfect opportunity to find the official State of Michigan stone, the Petoskey Stone. This stone can only be found in the Little Traverse Bay region of northern Michigan.
In addition to Charlevoix's natural attractions, the area boasts excellent shopping, dining and special events which take place throughout the year in our little northern Michigan community known as "Charlevoix the Beautiful." Our area restaurants are world-renowned for their cuisine, while our lakes are sought by many for sport fishing and boating. The million-dollar sunsets over Lake Michigan are rivaled only by the moonrises over Round Lake.
Lake Charlevoix, in addition to most of the Great Lakes' species, holds walleye, northern pike, bass and bluegill. With trout and salmon migrating from Lake Michigan into Lake Charlevoix, the angler has an opportunity to fish for Great Lakes size trophies on calm, protected waters. During the winter, Lake Charlevoix freezes solid to afford excellent ice-fishing opportunities.
A rare combination of Great Lake, inland lake and stream fishing makes the Charlevoix area an angler's paradise. Lake Michigan offers lake trout, brown trout, steelhead, coho and chinook salmon and perch. There are several charter services available.
The Lake Charlevoix Area Trout Tournament takes place the second weekend in June, offering thousands of dollars in prizes and a host of activities.
The Charlevoix area offers golf courses ranging from the modest to the challenging, all in picturesque setting and enjoyable to play. There are many courses to choose from including The Belvedere Golf Club, Charlevoix Golf Club, Antrim Dells Public Golf Course, Charlevoix Country Club, Dunmaglas Golf Course, and Mallard Golf Club.
The Charlevoix Cross Country Ski Trail offers three loops, from one to six kilometers long, suitable for novice to advanced - from flat ground to steep hills. A free 2k lighted groomed cross-country trail is available as are 80 acres of ungroomed trails.
For most of the major events in Charlevoix, the center of attention is East Park, a neatly manicured greenbelt next to the Round Lake yacht basin. Entertainment is featured regularly at the outdoor Clarence A. Odmark Pavilion. The Charlevoix Community Band presents free concerts Tuesday evenings at 8:00 pm throughout the summer. During events such as Venetian Festival, Apple Festival and the Waterfront Art Fair, East Park teems with activity. Most of the time the park is a quiet, peaceful place. The park overlooks Round Lake marina. Round Lake is a circular body of water surrounded by the city. To the west it empties, via the Pine River Channel, into Lake Michigan. To the east, it joins Lake Charlevoix. Round Lake is a busy access route for pleasure boaters and commercial vessels. The shores of Round Lake are clustered with a mixture of old and new. Amid stylish condominiums and luxurious lake homes are commercial fishing businesses and marine service operations.
The most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes, with a year-round population of 550, a large percentage of Irish descent. The residents' isolation, independence and respect for nature and traditions of the Island have made time slow down. Because Beaver Island offers a serene, relaxed life-style, many visitors have become regular vacationers, property owners and permanent residents. We welcome you to discover Beaver Island and decide where it may fit into your life.
Most people coming to Beaver Island look forward to its abundant nature and solitude. There are also fine museums, gift shops, art galleries, golf and tennis courts, island tours, kayaking, scuba diving, charters and two magnificent lighthouses.
Much of what the Island offers is free for the finding: beachcombing, bird watching, biking, camping, hunting, skiing or exploring the outer islands. There are over 100 miles of scenic roads and too many old trails to count, not to mention Shipwrecks, abandoned old cabins, beaver dams and an abundance of wildflowers.
The more people enjoy just getting away, the more they love Beaver Island. For a schedule of ferry times and additional information, please visit the Beaver Island Boat Company.
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