Lake Charlevoix

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Lake Charlevoix
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Lake Charlevoix (top-most body of water)
Location of the lake in Michigan.
Location of the lake in Michigan.
Lake Charlevoix
LocationCharlevoix County, Michigan
Coordinates45°16′38″N 85°10′25″W / 45.2773°N 85.1736°W / 45.2773; -85.1736Coordinates: 45°16′38″N 85°10′25″W / 45.2773°N 85.1736°W / 45.2773; -85.1736
TypeNatural freshwater lake
Primary inflowsJordan River, Boyne River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length13 mi (21 km)
Max. width2.4 mi (3.9 km)
Surface area17,200 acres (7,000 ha)
Max. depth122 ft (37 m)
Surface elevation581 feet (177 m)[1]
IslandsHoly Island (in the south arm)

Lake Charlevoix (/ˈʃɑːrləvɔɪ/ SHAR-lə-voy) is a lake in Charlevoix County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the third largest inland lake in the state with a surface area of over 17,200 acres (70 km2) and 56 miles (90 km) of shoreline. The maximum depth in the main basin is 122 feet (37 m) and in the south arm, 58 feet (18 m).

The lake's largest tributaries are the Jordan River, feeding into the south arm at East Jordan, and the Boyne River, flowing into the main basin from the east at Boyne City. Other significant tributaries include Horton, Stover, Porter, and Loeb Creeks. The outflow of Lake Charlevoix is the short Round Lake/Pine River complex which discharges into Lake Michigan at Charlevoix. The lake's watershed covers 335 square miles (870 km2) in Charlevoix and Antrim Counties, and a small portion of the northwest corner of Otsego County.

The lake occupies portions of Charlevoix Township, Marion Township, Hayes Township, Eveline Township, Michigan, Bay Township, and Evangeline Township.

Young State Park is located on the shore of the lake just northwest of Boyne City. The Ironton Ferry at Ironton, a designated Michigan Historical Site in operation since 1876, crosses the south arm where it branches off from the main basin, saving about 20 minutes of driving time around the south arm by the shoreline route.

The lake was also known previously as Pine Lake and Long Lake.[1][2] It was renamed from "Pine Lake" to its current name ("Lake Charlevoix") in 1926.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Lake Charlevoix". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  2. ^ Morgridge, Robert. "The Fish That Saved Boyne City". Michigan History Magazine (January/February 2013): 31. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  3. ^ Klink, Angie (2011). Divided Paths, Common Ground: The Story of Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis, Pioneering Purdue Women who Introduced Science Into the Home. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press. p. 115. ISBN 978-1-55753-591-7. Pine Lake, renamed Lake Charlevoix in 1926

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