Boyne Falls is a village in Charlevoix County. The village is located in Boyne Valley Township on the Boyne River, near the junction of the river’s north and south branches. U.S. Route 131 connects Boyne Falls with U.S. Route 31 at Petoskey, about 14 miles to the north, and to highway M-32 about 7 miles to the south. The Great Lakes Central Railroad mainline also passes through the village. The town of Boyne City is about 8 miles to the northwest on highway M-75. Boyne Falls was established after the construction of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad in 1874. It was incorporated as a village in 1893. It was named by “Uncle” John Miller, the first settler near a stream that emptied into Pine Lake (aka. Lake Charlevoix). The largest lake in Boyne Falls is Thumb Lake (Lake Louise). The residents of the lake area form the Lake Louise Christian Community. Boyne Falls is also home to two Christian summer camps; Camp Lake Louise (formerly Lake Louise Baptist Camp) and Lake Louise Methodist Camp and Retreat Center. The Boyne Falls post office first opened September 5, 1874.
Once a thriving logging community, Boyne Falls is a postcard-perfect village nestled along Lake Charlevoix in the wooded splendor of northern Michigan. It’s also home to Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, two championship golf courses, and also happens to be the Midwest’s largest ski area with direct access to 14 ski lifts and 60 downhill ski runs for all skill levels. Of course, this all-year destination offers plenty of warm-weather activities too, from golf and hiking to biking, boating and fishing in and around nearby beaches, lakes, rivers and parks. Relax with an afternoon of shopping at local boutiques, then order a gourmet meal or have a drink at City Park Grill where Ernest Hemingway was once a regular. Whatever season you travel, you’re in for an unforgettable vacation.
Boyne Mountain is making strides in reducing the resort’s environmental impact at every level of resort operations. Preparations are underway for a solar array installation by a CMS Energy subsidiary at Boyne Mountain Resort. The 1.7-megawatt system stands to power the equivalence of the resort’s 300+ homes and condominiums, and is the first of its size for Boyne Resorts. Solar is a resource of strong interest and this project is to serve as a pilot for potential installations at locations across the resort network.
Also, in 2022 the world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge will reside at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls. SkyBridge Michigan is easily about to become “Michigan’s second bridge,” enticing travelers to take a walk on the wild side. Panoramic valley views and extensive light displays are a guaranteed camera pleaser. Open year round, every season has a reason to take in the views from this architectural masterpiece. This new attraction is modeled after the wildly successful Gatlinburg SkyBridge at sister property, Gatlinburg SkyLift Park in Tennessee, and is an even more sensational work-of-art with its timber-frame design, a nod to the logging heritage of northern Michigan, with lumber sourced by long-time partner in resort growth, Matelski Lumber. SkyBridge Michigan is being constructed between the peaks of McLouth to Disciples Ridge with an anticipated opening in June of 2022. Guests will ride one of several chairlifts to the mountain’s top, then take a walk along the exhilarating 1,203-foot long and 118-foot high pedestrian bridge, and can also connect to Boyne Mountain’s extensive paved resort trail system.