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America's Emerald Isle

Things may be a little different right now, but the magic of Beaver Island remains the same. You could be a returning visitor, family member, or a friend we haven’t met yet.

Our lighthouse continues to shine, welcoming you to our shores to create new memories.

Enjoy our endless beaches and stellar Dark Skies! Thanks in advance for practicing safety!

Beaver Island Public Statement regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Last Updated: November 24, 2020


NOTICE: If you are if you are sick, or tested positive, or are awaiting test results, or think you have been exposed: Stay Home!


Update on Closure of BI Transfer Station
Until at least December 1, 2020, the BI Transfer Station is closed, due to a positive COVID-19 employee exposure. The decision was made in compliance with the Townships’ COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan. The closure will allow all transfer station employees to self-quarantine and seek testing and will allow for a thorough cleaning. Bins are available in front of the transfer station for the disposal of green bags only. 


The closure of the transfer station reflects a much broader reality for our small Island community and reinforces the need for each of us to fully embrace our individual commitment to the whole community. Because each of our core businesses and institutions rely on relatively few people to keep them operational, if one or two people are exposed and/or test positive, it is likely that there are no backups to keep the business or service operating.
This is true of the stores, the airlines, the boat company. Do not enter a business or public space without a mask. 


We must do what Beaver Island typically does best; watch out for each other. Appreciation goes out to the Island stores, airlines, the school, the Boat Company, the resale shop, the chamber and its businesses, and the townships for implementing strong measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. We will get through this, and hopefully, with no Islander having serious long-term effects, hospitalization or death. We must all do our very best to protect each other and to protect our most valuable Island resource, it’s people. Let’s all reach out to thank those who have had our backs during this unprecedented time. 


People have asked about identifying possible exposure sites. According to District Health Department #10: they will no longer publish potential exposure sites there are too many to keep track of and they wish to focus their efforts on case investigation and contact tracing of actual cases, not potential exposures. 


Please browse this site for easy to understand information about testing, when and how to quarantine or isolate, and what you should do or not do if you are quarantining or isolating. Health Department of Northwest Michigan:


“Pause… Protect Yourself, Protect the Island”

* Limit your interaction with others as much as possible
* Wear a Mask
* Respect Social Distancing and Avoid Gatherings
* Wash your Hands
* Monitor your Health. Pay attention for COVID-19 symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath 


As of November 24, 2020, the Beaver Island Rural Health Center is reporting that 282 patients have been tested for COVID-19: 241 have come back negative and 25 are pending; 16 have come back positive, 10 of whom were tested during the week of November 15th. 


Kathleen McNamara, Supervisor
St James Township
Phone: 231.448.2014
Doug Tilly, Supervisor
Peaine Township
Phone: 231.448.2389
peainetownship@gmail. com

What is open in our shoulder season?

Places to Stay:

Erin Motel is open (231-448-2240) along with Burton’s rentals (231-838-2883) and Give me Shelter (217-979-3040). 

Additional rentals and accommodations can be found on under our accommodations tab.

Stores, Shops and Restaurants

  • Shamrock Bar- 7days a week: 4-7  for food- take out.
  • Dalwhinnie: m-sat: 8-2, Sunday:8-12-take out
  • McDonough’s Market: m-s:9-6 Sunday- 10-1:00 p.m.
  • Powers Hardware-m-f: 8-4, Sat: 9-4, Sun: 10-2  
  • Island Energies: 8-6 m-sat, Sun: 10-4
  • St. James Boat Shop: 10-4 7 days a week
  • Eager Beaver Clean: m-f 8:30-6, Sat/Sun 10-5

Beaver Island's Special Events By Date

2020 Event Cancelled
 This event was canceled on August 24th due to lack of participation. Only 20 people had registered and basic costs could not be covered. If you have registered you will be automatically credited. This event will take place in 2021. The Beaver Island Half Marathon plus 10K and 5K.  Start at 9:00AM for 1/2 Marathon, 9:30AM for 10K and 10:00AM for 5K.  Packet pick up and day before registration will take place on Friday, September 4th, 2020, 5-6 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School. Important- We will not have any sort of event after the race to practice social distancing. WE ask that runners do not congregrate when the race ends at the public beach.

Fun opportunity to explore the Island! September 5th is the day of three great races. Our half marathon, 10 K and 5 K. All three races begin at the public beach and end at the public beach; but in between, you will see amazing scenery, wildlife, and flora. We have participant medals for every runner/walker, plus prizes for first place in all age categories for the ½ marathon.  Come to Beaver Island and run, then relax on our very special island.

The proceeds go to help support The Beaver Island Community School programs. In the past we have also given to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.  
Saturday, September 5th

Explore Beaver island

The largest island in Lake Michigan, Beaver Island hosts many activities for every nature lover. The year round population is approximately 600 – with a large percentage of Irish descent. Time slows down here, offering a peaceful, relaxed way of life. Tour the Island by bicycle, or bring your car over on the ferry or rent a car to circle the Island in an afternoon.

Things To Do And See On Beaver Island

Dark Skies

Because of our location in the middle of northern Lake Michigan Beaver Island is one of the finest dark skies star gazing locations in the United States. We are far away from the light pollution of any large metro areas.

Dark Skies

Island Webcams

Paradise Bay Webcams

Water Trail

Learn more about the NEW Beaver Island Water Trail. Fun for all on beautiful Lake Michigan surrounding Beaver Island.

Water Trail Website


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A majestic chilly sunset at Donegal bay moves to a beautiful after glow along the harbor of St.James captured by Cynitha Johnson.

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This captures everything my father loved of his "Island Home." 💙

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Beaver Island Community Calendar

WVBI Community CalendarThe Beaver Island Community Calendar is maintained by WVBI. Content here is included in WVBI’s weekday on-air Community Calendar report at 9, noon, 3 and 6. These events are also shown on the digital displays around town and across as well as in previews for movies at the BIC Center.  Want digital signage at your business or rental? Learn more hereNOTE: This version of the calendar does not include community board and governance meetings or other events not likely to be of interest to visitors.  To see those, visit the full WVBI Community Calendar.

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