Bay Township Charlevoix County

Bay Township is located in Charlevoix County between Lake Charlevoix and Walloon Lake within an imaginary triangle formed by the cities of Boyne City, Charlevoix, and Petoskey.

Within Bay Township there are 3.4 square miles of surface water area, and 15.5 square miles of land surface area. Bay Township is rural and striking in it’s natural beauty, with extensive environmental resources including: extensive upland hardwood and coniferous forests; one of Michigan’s largest and most well-know lakes–Lake Charlevoix; and one of Michigan’s deepest, most pristine inland lakes–Walloon Lake; as well as diverse wildlife habitat; rolling hills and meadows; wetlands; and productive farmland. These natural resources contribute to a magnificent, mostly rural setting for people to live, work, and recreate within the Township. The close proximity of Bay Township to Lake Michigan, and the extensive shorelines of both Lake Charlevoix (2.25 miles) and Walloon Lake (7.5 miles) within township boundaries are natural attractions to those who enjoy water-based recreation, and seasonal or permanent residence.


Planning Commission Survey

The Bay Township Planning Commission is continually examining its planning and zoning goals and policies and would like community input. Your feedback is instrumental in helping the Township update its zoning ordinance to better reflect the needs and desires of all residents. Results from this survey will help identify future land use practices and prioritize Township services. Please complete this survey by clicking on the Planning Commission Survey above by March 16, 2018. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank You!


Wendy Simmons Appointed to Clerk



Wendy Simmons was recently appointed to the position of clerk of the Bay Township Board of Trustees.  Jim Vanek, the former township clerk, resigned because he has moved out of the township.

Wendy is originally from Ohio and has lived in Bay Township for over 10 years. She is married to Mark Simmons, who is retired from the Coast Guard and is the harbormaster at the Harborage Marina in Boyne City.

She has been employed at EJ (formally East Jordan Iron Works) going on 41 years, where she is the Office Services Manager. This position allows her to be involved in many of the day to day operations of EJ, as well as special projects.  She has been a member of the Planning Commission where she has served as Vice-Chairperson and the Zoning Board of Appeals for the past couple of years. She loves being part of our grass roots government.