Beaver island, MI

Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan and part of the Beaver Island archipelago in the state of Michigan. Once home to a unique American religious colony monarchz (theocracy), in 1856 under the self-appointed “ King Strang“ leader of the Strangite Mormon Church, the island. Beaver Island was later settled by Irish Americans. The island is now a popular tourist and vacation destination.

Beaver Island lies approximately 32 miles (51 km) from the city of Charlevoix, Michigan on the mainland and is an unincorporated community located in Charlevoix County. The island can only be reached by air or boat. Beaver Island has two airports, one public and one private. Beaver Island is also the name of an unincorporated community comprising the settled areas of the island.

Traditionally, the island’s main industries have been fishing, logging and farming; but today, the economy revolves around government services, tourism, and home and cottage construction. Recreational opportunities abound in Beaver’s harbor, beaches, inland lakes and the state forest, which covers much of the island. A golf course, nature trails, multiple restaurants and hotels, a marina and numerous other amenities cater to residents and tourists alike.

Beaver Island bills itself as „America’s Emerald Isle“, partly reflecting the fact that many of its residents are of  Irish descent.