Thursday, July 7, 2011

Charlevoix, MI -- a Beautiful place!

Located about 15 miles south of our RV park in Bay Harbor, Charlevoix is a beautiful small town right between Lake Michigan and Charlevoix Lake. Connected by a remarkable waterway, this is a boater's paradise.

The Marina is located in a very protected area and we saw many beautiful boats at the docks. Rick was very happy he didn't have to fill some of these big cruisers up -- one 90 footer held over 5,000 gallons!

There is a great walkway from the town to the marina that we enjoyed as we strolled around the area.

Charlevoix Lake is connected to the big lake by this canal. The bridge shown here serves Highway 31 and is opened every 30 minutes -- boats that are over about 15' above the water need to wait for the bridge to open.

The canal is beautiful and we were able to walk along it right out to Lake Michigan. This is a nice way to stroll along and finish our morning coffee!

Orinda is near the end of the canal and Lake Michigan. I will bet that when the lake is rough, this canal is a very welcome sight for boaters as they head back to port.

The canal is about 1/2 mile long with clear water throughout. We were surprised by this water clarity and have heard it was caused by the zebra mussel, an invasive species that feed by filtering the water. As a result, the water is so clear it is literally like glass.

Finally, we got a kick out of this family of mallard ducks as they swam around the marina. We will certainly go back to Charlevoix to do some more exploring in the next couple weeks!

1 comment:

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

I remember that canal well. I thought it would be nice to live in those housing units on the north side of the canal.