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Lake Effect

Life's Better at the Beach

Life is always better at the beach. Lucky for you, living the lake is a breeze in Charlevoix. Whether you prefer windswept and wild, sandcastle building, or the uninhabited, Charlevoix-area beaches, by far, are the best. Surrounded by three large freshwater lakes and many small inland lakes, Charlevoix offers visitors an abundance of lake effect options. If you are looking for outdoor recreation, boating or just a leisure walk on the beach, you are sure to find your perfect lake vacation in Charlevoix.

Relax and unwind on anyone of Charlevoix's area beaches. Looking for easy access to the beach? Just steps from downtown Charlevoix, walk along the shores of the Pine River Channel, get a photo in front of the lighthouse, and stroll Lake Michigan Beach to find the allusive Petoskey and Charlevoix stone.

Take a walk on anyone of Charlevoix's beautiful beaches. Here are some of our favorite beaches: 

  • Mt. McSauba Recreation Area (pet-friendly)
    Remote beaches with sand dunes and hiking trails through beautiful wooded areas. 
  • Michigan Beach Park
    Beautiful sand and picnic areas, perfect for lighthouse and Lake Michigan sunset views. 
  • Ferry Beach 
    On Lake Charlevoix, the gently sloping sandy swimming area popular with families. 

Looking to get on the water? Get out on the water on Lake Charlevoix or Lake Michigan by renting a kayak or stand up paddleboard at area beaches or rent a powerboat at area marinas. Experience an epic Lake Michigan like never before, by booking a sunset catamaran cruise with Sunshine Carters. 

Surrounded by three freshwater lakes, the Charlevoix area is the perfect place to get out and explore Michigan's natural beauty. After all, life on the water is always better. 

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