Waterways

Charlevoix has lots of beaches, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, and fishing opportunities waiting for you!

Mt. McSauba Recreational Area

  • 09223 Mt. McSauba Rd., Charlevoix
  • 231-547-3253
Map Charlevoix's year round recreational area set on Lake Michigan! In the summer there is access to remote beaches with sand dunes and hiking trails through beautiful wooded areas. Don't forget to check out the disc golf course too! In the winter enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboard park, snowshoeing, sledding and ice skating.

Susan Creek Nature Preserve

  • US 31, Charlevoix
  • 231-347-0991
Nature preserve located close to Charlevoix.

Ferry Beach

  • 224 Ferry Ave., Charlevoix
  • 231-547-3253
Map A popular family beach on Lake Charlevoix with water that is warmer and calmer than Lake Michigan. The Ferry Beach pier is also a great place to go fishing if you do not have a boat!

Young State Park

  • 02280 Boyne City Rd., Boyne City
  • 231-582-7523
Map A 560 acre park set on gorgeous Lake Charlevoix.

Swan Valley Marina

  • 02474 S M 66, East Jordan
  • 231-536-2672
Map Boat rentals available on Lake Charlevoix's South Arm
 

Bear River

  • 101 E. Lake Street, Petoskey
  • 231-347-2500
Kayak, canoe, and fish along the Bear River!

Beaver Island

  • 26215 Main St, Beaver Island
  • 231-448-2505
Map A serene and beautiful island set 32 miles off the coast of Charlevoix in Lake Michigan. Beaver Island makes for great outdoor activity.
 

Charlevoix Boat Launches

  • 210 State St, Charlevoix
  • 231-547-3258
Here is a complete list of Charlevoix boat launches!

Pure Mish Sailing Charter

  • 00970 Marina Drive, Boyne City
  • 517-294-6050
Map Sail in Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan on a sailboat charter.
 

Schulman Paddleworks

  • 204 Bridge Street, Charlevoix
  • 231-437-3157
Map Schulman Paddlworks is a unique store in Charlevoix, Michigan specializing in select equipment for kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding.