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Lake Charlevoix or Walloon Lake

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Looking to rent a pontoon boat for the day later next week. Does anyone advise if Lake Charlevoix or Walloon Lake would be better for a day on the boat? Which lake has clearer water and which is warmer this time of year?

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Both are beautiful, clear lakes. Charlevoix is larger and a bit more difficult to navigate, but also a bit more to see, so it may depend on how experienced of a boater you are & much work you feel like putting in. If you are on Walloon, Barrel Back is a fun spot for lunch or a drink; if you are on Charlevoix, the Landing is a great spot for lunch/drinks.

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Thank you for the information! Do you know if Walloon is typically warmer being smaller than Charlevoix? Could you make a full day going around the lake on a Pontoon on Walloon?

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Be aware of wind and waves.

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On Walloon lake?

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You could definitely make a day of it on Walloon Lake, especially if you are planning to jump off the boat for some swimming and get lunch somewhere (or you could do a picnic). Charlevoix is significantly bigger though, and offers more to see. As long as you have a good weather day, you shouldn't need to worry much about wind or waves on either lake, Walloon in particular is generally pretty calm.

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