Beaver Island Boat Company – Charlevoix, Michigan
Beaver Island Boat Company is the ferry service to Beaver Island, MI! They have two vessels, the Emerald Isle and Beaver Islander. In the summer months both vessels are running on weekends. The Emerald Isle is the largest vessel with a maximum capacity of 293 passengers. The Beaver Islander has a capacity of 198. Both vessels are car-ferries are well. To make a car reservation, please call 231-547-2311.
Enjoy the trip to the island with the cool lake breeze on one of the open air decks or stay in one of the comfortable passenger cabins. They have been providing affordable transportation for people, pets, vehicles, and freight to Beaver Island for over 25 years.
Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan and is rich in natural beauty and history. Visitors come to Beaver Island to get away from the hassle of day to day and relax on pristine beaches, beach-comb, go hiking or biking.
There are many places to stay on the island from cottages to motels to campgrounds. It is truly a getaway Up North!
Beaver Island offers – nature lovers and sportsmen alike – pristine woods, isolated beaches, hiking and biking trails, and uncrowded campsites. Fine dining, hotel, motels, and bed and breakfasts await those looking for an extended get away. Those searching for a truly removed up-north destination will find it on Beaver Island.
Each year these ferries make approximately 375 round trips to the island which means over 24,000 miles, transporting over 40,000 passengers, 6,500 vehicles and approximately 10,000 tons of freight.
The mainland office is in downtown Charlevoix. They only take reservations for vehicles that need to go on the boat or if you would like to take a TOUR. Passenger space is first come, first served. To make a vehicle or tour reservation, or just for availability, call them at (231) 547-2311 or toll free at (888) 446-4095. Note that tours may still be available without reservations. In the summer, you can call the tour office directly at (231)448-2500 for reservations. They do NOT make reservations by e-mail.
The trip takes just over 2 hours to make and is 32 miles long.
The Emerald Isle is handicap accessible, with a chair lift to the first passenger deck, handicap accessible restroom and holds in the deck of passenger areas for wheelchairs.
Pets are allowed if they are on a short lease and kept away from other passengers. Pets under 10 pounds are free with the purchase of a passenger ticket while pets over 10 pounds are $10 one-way. Pets are not allowed inside the passenger cabin.
There are vending machines on the boats but you can bring your own, including alcoholic beverages.
Beaver Island Boat Company
103 Bridge Park Drive
Charlevoix, MI 49720