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.


The Bay Township Planning Commission, also serving as the Recreation Committee for the Bay Township Board of Trustees, is updating the township recreation plan. The plan can be accessed by clicking on the link below. The Planning Commission has prepared the plan to guide future park improvements and to remain eligible to apply for recreation related grants for the next five years. If you have any ideas  to improve any of the township recreational areas please let Dave Skornia know by January 2, 2019 at the email listed below or attend the public hearing.

A public hearing for the Parks and Recreation Plan will be held on January 2, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Bay Township Hall, 05045 Boyne City Road, Boyne City, MI  49712.  The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to provide comments on the Park and Recreation Plan. Written comments on the plan can be emailed to Dave Skornia at or mailed to Bay Township Planning Commission, 05045 Boyne City Road, MI 49712.