Defined High Water Elevation/OHWM


Zoning ordinances will define a High Water Elevation for Lake Charlevoix as 582.35' I.G.L.D. 

Reasons for Recommendation

582.35' I.G.L.D. is the highest water level recorded on Lake Charlevoix. Historical water levels have frequently been higher than the defined ordinary high water mark (OHWM) (581.5') and standardizing a High Water Elevation of 582.35' helps ensure the effectiveness of shoreline buffers around the Lake.


3 of 10 Zoning Ordinances around the Lake currently meet or exceed the recommended standard – Boyne City, Evangeline Township, Eveline Township.

Jurisdictions shaded green on the map below meet or exceed the recommended standard.