Charlevoix, Michigan, referred to here as “Charlevoix the Beautiful”, is an old seasonal town in northwest Michigan. A popular '''retirement community''' for active adults, Charlevoix is located on an isthmus between Lake Michigan and Round Lake, adjacent to the shores of Lake Charlevoix. Photo of canal courtesy of Wikipedia, photo of Chicago Club courtesy of Wikipedia and Bobak
Because of its location and the fact that it is one of Lake Michigan’s best natural harbors, a great deal of commercial and recreational boat traffic passes through here. Its population swells from about 3,000 people to 30,000 in the summer, as vacationers and active adults 55+ come here for the fishing, boating, and natural beauty. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad used to run through the area. Now that the track has been removed between Charlevoix and Petoskey, the resulting rail trails along Lake Michigan have made the area a mecca for bicyclists and cross country skiers. 23 miles of the trail are continuous and paved. The Little Traverse Wheelway once again offers trail lovers a great view of Little Traverse Bay from Charlevoix to Petoskey and on to Harbor Springs. The "Bike Path" is one of the country's top "Rails to Trails" successes.
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