Charlevoix is the Gateway to America's Emerald Isle
The most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes, with a year-round population of 600 - a large percentage, of Irish descent. The residents' isolation, independence and respect for nature and traditions of the Island have made time slow down. Because Beaver Island offers a serene, relaxed life-style, many visitors have become regular vacationers, property owners and permanent residents. We welcome you to discover Beaver Island and decide where it may fit into your life.
New to the offerings is the Celtic Games, held in September. The traditional Scottish/Irish Highland events include the caber toss, throwing of heavy stones and weights and, of course, men in kilts. In October, the Island is host to the Bite of Beaver Island food-tasting festival and the Island Boodle, a 5K run/walk. In March, St. Patrick's Day is a jubilant celebration.
Much of the year, time moves slowly in this quiet getaway, where visiting two historic lighthouses, walking the beach and mingling with the locals are commonplace. Thirty-five percent of the Island is state land and remains in its natural state. The Island itself, part of an archipelago, is six by 13 miles.
Accommodations range from rental houses, modest hotels and the resort presence of the Beaver Island Lodge, located on the Island's north shore and home to Nina's, a fine dining restaurant.
Getting to Beaver Island:
Beaver Island Boat Company: A 32-mile ride aboard the Emerald Isle or Beaver Islander Ferries.
For more island information contact the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce.