Surrounded by Lake Michigan and with a number of inland lakes, just about any kind of fresh water recreation has a place on Beaver Island.
To name a few – scuba & snorkel diving – sail & power boating – jet skis – swimming – beautiful beach fun – kayaking – plus an annual softball tournament and tons of terrestrial fun.
History of Beaver Island
Beaver Island was first inhabited by Native Americans.
French explorers stopped by and the Island once had a large Mormon community run by “King Strang.”
In the late 19th century the island was the center of the finest fresh water commercial fishery in the world. Two museums tell visitors the whole story.
Two lighthouses grace Beaver Island. The Beaver Head Light and keepers house at the south end is completely restored.
Guarding the entrance to Paradise Bay in the Island’s NE corner is the Whiskey Point Light. It is under restoration.
The Island serves as the gateway by boat or plane to many other northern Lake Michigan lights.
Events & Celebrations
A variety of events are enjoyed by Islanders and visitors alike.
Many locals of Irish decent take charge of regular celebrations starting with St. Patrick’s Day.
The Bite of Beaver Island food fest in October is tons of fun and autumn is a great time to visit and enjoy spectacular color.
Ecotourism & Environment
Nearly 1/2 of Beaver Island is state forest land, conservancy owned – managed or local government owned and in its pristine natural state.
The Island is a nature lovers dream and Islanders cherish the abundant natural beauty.
It takes much more than a few weeks to explore all the trails and wild places. Even some towering old growth forest is found on Beaver Island.
Fishing & Hunting
The Island is an outdoor sportsman’s dream.
Five pound plus small mouth bass are common. One inland lake is an undiscovered largemouth paradise. The flats style fishing for golden bones is world class.
Beaver Island is a QDM whitetail destination. Hunting ducks, upland game birds and rabbits is great.
Imagine a remote fishing & hunting lodge with fun for the whole family.
Music, Art, Culture & Entertainment
The Community Center “downtown” across from the ferry dock is home to many events ranging from current films – comedy shows – live theater – musical productions and much more.
A pair of music festivals share the Island’s long summer days and cool comfortable evenings.
Numerous talented artists and craft persons call Beaver Island home.