Charlevoix is a small lakeside town with a year round population of around 3,000 residents. The town is a summer destination for urban residents of Michigan looking for a quiet vacation by the lake.
In the downtown area, pretty streets are lined with flowers, with Lake Charlevoix glistening in the background. Not many people drive from destination to destination here, as the lay of the land was made for walking. Restaurants, shops and art galleries abound on the main downtown streets, while lighthouses, beaches and parks surround the perimeter.
At the northern end of Charlevoix is Mt. McSauba Recreation Area, 50 acres sprawling down towards Lake Michigan's shoreline. To the south of Charlevoix is Fisherman's Island State Park, 10 acres of beach and dunes with ample hiking trails available and over 90 campsites.
Charlevoix is located between Lake Michigan and Round Lake in the northern region of the state.