Historically, the allure of fresh water has caused people to settle close to its bays. Water sustains. Water replenishes. Water conveys exploration and its waves return the voyager to shore. This classical element, acclaimed for centuries for its beauty and power, is the defining characteristic of Charlevoix. Lake Michigan delineates the western boundary of both Charlevoix County and the village of Charlevoix. The state’s third largest inland lake, Lake Charlevoix, flows to the east. Bridging the confluence of these two lakes, Charlevoix stretches north and south with flower lined streets, turn of the century cottages and charming public walks and docks.
Evocative of the French area for which it is named, Charlevoix offers cafes and restaurants with inspired cuisines, boutiques and galleries, a protected Round Lake harbor and quiet neighborhoods. Sand dunes lie just up the coast from its lighthouse. A fish market is a short walk from East Park where concerts, festivals and conviviality are planned throughout the year. Charlevoix is a community of people who choose to be close to the water, its maritime entertainment and its perpetual beauty. Choose to be in Charlevoix for a fresh and natural complement to your family’s lifestyle.