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Walloon Lake, Michigan

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Walloon Lake, Michigan
Walloon Lake along S. Shore Drive (M-75)
Walloon Lake along S. Shore Drive (M-75)
Location within Charlevoix County
Location within Charlevoix County
Walloon Lake is located in Michigan
Walloon Lake
Walloon Lake
Location within the state of Michigan
Walloon Lake is located in the United States
Walloon Lake
Walloon Lake
Walloon Lake (the United States)
Coordinates: 45°15′58″N 84°56′00″W / 45.26611°N 84.93333°W / 45.26611; -84.93333
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.35 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Land1.35 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
715 ft (218 m)
 • Total290
 • Density214.8/sq mi (82.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)231
FIPS code26-83140
GNIS feature ID1615729[1]

Walloon Lake is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Charlevoix County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 290.[2]

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Walloon Lake is located at the southeastern end of the lake of the same name in eastern Charlevoix County in the northwest corner of Melrose Township. The community is located just north of the outlet of the lake into the Bear River.

U.S. Route 131 forms the eastern edge of the CDP and runs north 8 miles (13 km) to Petoskey on Little Traverse Bay and south 7 miles (11 km) to Boyne Falls. M-75 runs west from US 131 through the center of town, then leads 6 miles (10 km) southwest to Boyne City.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Walloon Lake CDP has a total area of 1.36 square miles (3.51 km2), all of it land.[2]


In 1872, John Jones, Jr. and his sons, Clarence and Elliot, homesteaded in the area. They helped to cut the railroad ties used to build the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railway in 1874. The stop was named "Melrose". The community applied for a post office named "Bear Lake", but there already was a Bear Lake post office in Michigan. A post office named "Tolcott" was established in October 1897, and renamed "Talcott" in March 1899, and again renamed "Walloon Lake" in September 1900. The name was suggested by a local butcher, J. R. Hass, who had seen the name on an old railroad map. An investigation into how the name came to be on the map indicated that many years earlier a group of Walloons had settled at the north end of the lake, which was then known as Bear Lake. No trace of the settlement remains.[3]

The community of Walloon Lake was listed as a newly-organized census-designated place for the 2010 census, meaning it now has officially defined boundaries and population statistics for the first time.[4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Walloon Lake, Michigan
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Walloon Lake CDP, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  4. ^ "Michigan: 2010 Population and Housing Unit Counts 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. September 2012. p. III-4. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
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