Complete Activities and Business Information
Beaver Island can be accessed via private boat, plane, or commercial airplanes or car ferry from Charlevoix, Michigan. Reservations are required for plane travel or to take your car on the ferry. Ferry foot traffic does not require reservations. Fresh Air Aviation utilizes the Beaver Island Township Airport, and Island Airways flies into private Welke Airport. Nine restaurants are scattered throughout the north end of the Island.
The Beaver Island Community Center is the Beaver Island Birding Trail's Headquarters. The Community Center is conveniently located in the heart of the harbor and business area across from the Beaver Island Boat Company and kitty-corner to the Beaver Island Municipal Marina.
Please stop by our inviting Welcome Center for general information about the island or to have your questions answered by a knowledgeable Island resident. Birding checklists, maps, and other information are available along with free internet access. www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
Two public campgrounds are located on the Island. Both offer primitive camping only, and neither has a reservation system. St. James Campground, located on the north shore, is a 15 minute hike from the ferry. The Bill Wagner Campground, located about 7 miles south of town, is best reached by bike or vehicle. The Beaver Island Hideaway Campground is a private camping experience located 8 miles south of town, off West Side Drive. Reservations and information can be found at Beaver Island Hideaway Campground. In addition to motels and campgrounds, the Island has many rental homes which may be booked by the week.
Hotels/Motels/B & B’s:
Transportation available on the Island:
- Beaver Island Marina: (231) 448-2300
- Gordon’s Auto Service: (231) 448-2438
Bikes, Kayaks, Paddle Boards:
- Happy Paddle: Kayak, Stand-up Paddleboards and Bicycles (630) 488-2949
- Lakesports: (231) 448-216
Outer Island Transfers:
- Paradise Bay Boat Charter and Dive Shop: (231) 448-3195 or (231) 632-1063
- Bonadeo’s Beaver Island Boat Charter: (231) 459-6861
- Archipelago Charters: www.archipelagocharter.com or (231) 313-8739
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