Charlevoix is a beautiful city in NW Michigan, primarily a vacation town for well-heeled Metro Detroiters and Chicagoans.
The area also has the famous Ironton Ferry on Lake Charlevoix. Started in 1876 with hand-cables, back when the area was known for pig iron smelting factories, the Ironton Ferry has been popular ever since.
The modern 610-foot long Ironton Ferry was built in 1926 and makes daily trips across the Ironton Narrows from Mid-April to Mid-November.
$3.00 per car or $0.50 per person (without car or bicycle).
In 1936, the Ironton Ferry became internationally popular after ferry operator Sam Alexander was profiled in Ripley’s Believe it Or Not. Sam operated the ferry from 1900-1948 and he traveled over 15,000 miles while never being further than 1,000-feet from his home!
What: Ironton Ferry
Where: 9800 Ferry Road, East Jordan, Michigan
Operator: Graham Fineout
Contact: (231) 308-3727