Michigan: Charlevoix County

Charlevoix County (pop. 25,949) is on Lake Michigan. Its county seat, the city of Charlevoix (pop. 2,513), is between Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan.

From left: Lake Michigan, Round Lake, Lake Charlevoix

It is the only Charlevoix (char-le-VOY) County in the U.S.

The city of Charlevoix has been a summer resort area since the late 19th century.

Drawbridge over Pine River Channel, Charlevoix

The city, county, and lake were named for Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix (1682-1761), a Jesuit traveler and historian.

He was on Lake Michigan in 1720.

Lake Charlevoix is the third-largest lake located entirely in Michigan.

The four-car Ironton Ferry, on the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix, saves drivers about 18 miles between Ironton and Boyne City.

Beaver Island (pop. 365), the largest island in Lake Michigan, is in Charlevoix County and reached by auto ferry from Charlevoix.

About 30 miles from Charlevoix

Fisherman’s Island State Park, just south of Charlevoix, has five miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan.

Three miles of hiking trails

Charlevoix is the home of the former World’s Largest Cherry Pie Tin.

Now only third-largest

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2 comments on “Michigan: Charlevoix County

  1. John Dodds says:

    Oh My Gosh! They should repaint the cherries and make it the largest blueberry pie tin. Also, the lakes look beautiful.

  2. Jorda says:

    This is my first summer in Charlevoix, I am working as a recent college graduate from Northern Michigan University and so far love your blog! Just wanted to let you know this is a very cool thing you are doing, keep it up travel-man!

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