There are a lot of ferries in Michigan, from the ones that take you to Mackinac Island to the Badger that sails across Lake Michigan to Wisconson. One of the oldest ferries in the Mitten State is in Ironton. Lake Charlevoix branches off in the small town, and that is where you can ride a small ferry to get across the lake, instead of driving all the way around the south branch of the lake.
The Ironton Ferry operates during the late spring, summer and early fall months across the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix. Generally, it is open from mid-April through mid-November. Operating hours are 6:30am to 10:30pm. It’s only $3 per car or 50 cents per pedestrian to ride one way across the Ironton Narrows on the ferry.
Ferry service has been operating at Ironton since 1883, and the current ferry has been operating since 1925, yes it’s almost a century old. It is operated and maintained by Charlevoix County. I have driven down a lot of roads in Michigan, but I have to say the ride on the historic ferry in my little yellow Jeep was a memorable experience. Next time you are in the Charlevoix area, be sure to take a ride on the ferry, and by the way, it’s a beautiful trip around the lake. With towns like Boyne City and Horton Bay where you can stop for some shopping and get a bite to eat.
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