Beaver Island to Charlevoix:
We left early in the morning to get ahead of the winds that were forecasted to be on our nose for our crossing over to Charlevoix. The plan was to first motor south in the lee of the beaver island and then with a better wind angle head across the lake over to Charlevoix. It was a great idea, and one that I would certainly use again if there was actually any wind. In our case, there wasn't any, barely blowing 5 knots true - so we motored the entire way across the lake.
After a mad dash to make the draw bridge which opens every half an hour we made it into the very busy Round Lake. There were boats everywhere and all enjoying the warm summer weather. Fortunately we had made a reservation the day before so we knew we would be able to get a slip for the night.
One thing that truly makes Michigan Michigan are all of the lighthouse and pier that so many of the lakeside towns have. On the Lake Michigan side of the state you get fantastic sunsets on the pier making for a wonderful place for an evening walk with an ice cream cone!