Related Beaver Island Websites
Beaver Island Historical Society
Beaver Island Community Center
Beaver Island Boat Company
Inland Seas School of Kayaking
Beaver Island Chamber
Fresh Air Aviation
Island Airways islandairways.com
Beaver Island Marina
Golf Course beaverislandgolf.com
Beaver Island Municipal Dock
Lakesports & Paradise Bay
Paradise Bay Dive Shop
Rural Health Center
Beaver Island Ecotours
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ST PATRICK’S DAY
Where better to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than in front of the Shamrock on America’s Emerald Isle? Have you tried your hand at the fish toss? Seen the games on the news and want to take part in the cart race? Come up and enjoy The Great Day on Beaver Island!
March 17 & 18, 2017
BEAVER ISLAND BIRDING TRAIL WARBLERS ON THE WATER
Events are held over Memorial Weekend. The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert field guides.
May 26 – 28, 2017
BEAVER ISLAND BIKE FESTIVAL
Mark your calendars! Fully supported bike ride with rest stop snacks. Enjoy lunch at Bill Wagner campground, BBQ buffet at the Shamrock, a Beaver Island Bike Festival t-shirt, live entertainment on Friday & Saturday nights, and prrizes and extra goodies. Bike transportation is available on the ferry.
June 24, 2017
FOURTH OF JULY
Enjoy the Big Parade at 2pm & Island Airways Flyover featuring the missing man formation. Line up for the parade starts at Holy Cross Church at 1pm. Cannon fire provided by John Works and enjoy the kids carnival after the parade.
July 4, 2017
BEAVER ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Island Music Festival has been creating Music in the Woods since 2003, a 3-day outdoor event combining nature, renewable energies, music and artwork, song and dance. Plan to enjoy one of Michigan’s most unique festivals, with wide varieties of music, art, and activities for all ages, food, camping, and beautiful Beaver Island. Artists perform on many of the ferry rides, shuttles run through out the festival. (231) 838-2883 http://www.bimf.net
July 20-22, 2017
Discover Beaver Island history with the annual Museum Week full of informative and entertaining events. Music; presentations on nature, Oral History, and Native American culture; and Nature Walks, a Pet Show, and an Art Show.
July 16 – 22, 2017
BAROQUE ON BEAVER
A presentation of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, Baroque on Beaver – A Festival of Classical Music brings professional and student musicians together on Beaver Island. Performances range from small ensembles to a full orchestra and chorus concert.
July 28 – August 6, 2017
This island-wide celebration and time to come together is for all Islanders and visitors and is famous for its softball tournament.
August 11 – 13, 2017
In 2015, BICAA introduced, in collaboration with the Beaver Island Community Center, an annual Jazz Weekend series. The Second Annual Jazz weekend promises 2 days of fabulous jazz.
BEAVER ISLAND 1/2 MARATHON & PARADISE BAY 5 K
The Beaver Island Half Marathon plus 10K and 5K. Start at 9am for 1/2 Marathon, 9:30am for 10K and 10am for 5K. Packet pick up and day before registration will take place on the porch at Dalwhinnie from 5 – 6:30pm. You can also register for the race at the start which is at the public beach at 8am on Saturday September 3.
BITE OF BEAVER ISLAND
See what the best professional and amateur chefs on the Island have to offer – sample a wide variety of treats. Noon to 2pm
October 7, 2017
THE ISLAND BOODLE 5K RUN
Come and join us for the annual 5K/Run/Walk starting in scenic St. James and offering a fast, beautiful lakefront-and-trails course. There are extra awards this year for: Most Colorful Participant, Decorated Stroller and Costume. Registration will start at 9AM and the race will begin at 11AM.
October 7, 2017
A bit about America’s Emerald Isle...
Beaver Island, a mere 58 square miles in area, is the largest and only inhabited island in a Great Lakes archipelago consisting of 8 islands. A 2 hour ferry ride or a 15 minute flight from mainland Charlevoix is the lifeline to this unspoiled and unhurried island. Unmatched in natural beauty, Beaver Island is steeped in rich Native American, Mormon and Irish history.
Early settlements of white traders, fishermen, and lumbermen were established in the 1830s followed by Irish immigrants in the 1840s. By the 1850s, Mormons were the primary inhabitants after dispelling all non-Mormons. James Jesse Strang, the Mormon leader, proclaimed himself king and ruled until 1856 when he was assassinated. Afterwards, the Irish returned and reestablished permanent Irish settlements that still exist today and represent the majority of today’s year-round population of an estimated 550 people.
Another colorful, historic character was Feodor Protar, an Estonian immigrant who served as the resident island “doctor” for 32 years until his death in 1925. His home and grave site still stand.
The economic base today is tourism and construction. Commercial fishing is minimal with only native Americans legally able to fish northern Lake Michigan waters.
The air is fresh and clean and the night skies repeatedly amaze you. There are gulls on the beaches, eagles over head, swans in the harbor and loons on the lakes and deer just about everywhere. The sunsets are a watercolor wash nearly every night, and the pine, birch and hardwood forests are deep and lush. There are marshlands and swamps and meadows that explode with wildflowers. Serveral hiking trails and beach areas provide the best island nature viewing access.
There are 7 inland lakes offering quiet retreats for boating, fishing and nature watching. These include Fox, Font, Barney's and Geneserath.
Boating, hiking, golfing, fishing, hunting, kayaking, tennis, biking and swimming are a few of the best ways to enjoy the island. The library, museums, art galleries and gift shops are all worth a visit. Live island music is often available in the evenings at the local pubs, Donegal Danny’s, the Beachcomber and the Shamrock. If you are lucky enough to be here at the right time, there are many special island events throughout the season. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce (www.beaverisland.org) for exact dates and details.
Even if you don’t bring a car to the island, Geo Trackers and minvans are for rent (www.beaverislandmarina.com). Bikes and scooters are also available. (Lakesports & Paradise Bay Gifts 231-448-2166)
Island tours and shuttle service are available through Beaver Island Boat Company (www.bibco.com).
Sites to See
There are many sites to see on the island, some requiring transportation, others just a stroll around the harbor.
1. Donegal Bay for sunsets
2. Whiskey Point Lighthouse in the harbor
3. Beaver Head Lighthouse
4. Iron Ore Bay
5. Barney’s Lake & Nature Preserve
6. The Big Rock on Fox Lake Road
7. The Big Birch on Fox Lake Road
8. Miller’s Marsh
9. Toy Museum & Store
10. Marine Museum
11. Mormon Print Shop
12. Protar’s Home & Gravesite
If you a feeling adventuresome, Paradise Bay Dive Shop (www.paradisebaydiveshop.com) and Bonadeo Boat Charters (email@example.com) provide cruises around Beaver Island or visits to other islands in the Great Lakes archipelago.