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
March 17, 2013
Where better to celebrate St. Patrick’s day than in front of the Shamrock on America’s Emerald Isle? Come experience the classic cart race on Main Street, the fish toss, and the tug-o-war between the fish chokers and the hay seeders. And we can’t tell you about the indoor games - you’ll have to come up and see for yourself!
BEAVER ISLAND BIKE FESTIVAL
June 21, 2014
Fully supported bike ride with rest stop snacks, lunch at Bill Wagner campground and BBQ buffet at the Shamrock. Bike transportation on the ferry. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights with poker run prizes, Beaver Island Bike Festival t-shirt and extra goodies!
FOURTH OF JULY 2014
Events start with live music downtown starting at noon followed by the 4th of July Parade down Main Street. Then the kids can have a ball at the annual carnival. The Clyde Fogg Memorial Boat Parade begins at dusk on the harbor. Fireworks over the harbor will follow the boat parade.
BEAVER ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 17-19, 2014
The Beaver Island Music Festival promotes the variety and tradition of all music and art. We want to create opportunities for all artists, be an educational resource, and strongly encourage community and family involvement in an outdoor environment combining nature, renewable energies, music, and artwork. Our main goal is to bring attention to the beautiful world that we live in (especially Beaver Island) by uniting all of these talents and people.
July 21-26, 2014
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 Sho, and an Art Show.
BAROQUE ON BEAVER
July 25 - August 3, 2014
Under sponsorship of the BICAA, the Baroque on Beaver Festival will have more concerts, an expanded Summer Music Camp, and some surprise musical events around the Island!
August 8-10, 2014
Island-wide celebration and time to come together for all Islanders as well as the famous softball tournament.
BITE OF BEAVER ISLAND
October 4, 2014
See what the best professional and amateur chefs on the Island have to offer - sample a wide variety of treats.
October 4, 2014
The annual 5K/Run/Walk starting in scenic St. James and offering a fast, beautiful lakefront and trails course.
Registration begins at 9am until 9:45 at the Beachcomber. Race begins at 10am. Proceeds benefit the Beaver Island Sports Booster Club Race.
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.