Details for Beaver Island Municipal Marina

Beaver Island Municipal Marina

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 16 reviews

Address 26184 Main St.
Beaver Island, MI 49782


After hours contact

Off-Season: 231-448-2014

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

St. James Township



Mike Collins

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Well marked with buoys maintained by USCG. Old Coast Guard station with big red roof on the starboard side entering.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 12
Fuel dock: 12

Other depth info: Shallow bar on approach to the inside docks.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: Wooden pilings. Well maintained.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 60
Beam max: 18

Other info: Should be able to accomodate a 50' vessel with a 14' beam . Water depth on some of the docks is 8+ feet.


Transient: 24
Total: 24
Transient price: $1.45/ft (2016-07-20)

Other price info: All wood with aluminum ladders for getting off the boat. Current high water in Lake Michigan +32 inches, brings the deck level of most boat up to not need the ladders.
Slips prices have been reduced to be equal to other state harbors in area, slightly less than Charlevoix and Mackinac Island. 2016


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included with dock fee.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Fuel can be had, if necessary, at another docking facility, however it is very expensive.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: As mucvh as $1.50 over prevailing price on the mainland.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: There is a designated and signed dog run across from the Harbormaster's office with a doggie bag stand and trash can.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out





Yes - Trash cans are in a wooden fenced area across from the Harbormaster's office.






Yes - One washer and one dryer in a room at the Chamber of Commerce building. $2.00 wash, $2.00 dry. 2016


Yes - McDonough's Market is a full service grocery store with a custom cut meat market. It is located along the harbor to the right of the marina. They have fresh baked bread from the Dalwhinnie bakery next door.


Yes - There is a hardware store on the main road just south of the marina with a good selection of household products and tools and a limited selection of marine products. The other marina, Beaver Island Marina, has some marine supplies at their ships store.


Yes - Several good eateries and pubs are nearlby. Restaurants at a distance will pick up to/from the marina, use the public phone at the harbormaster building.

Dalwhinnie's Bakery and Deli serves breakfast and lunch. It is on the harbor road to the right.

Beaver Island Lodge is an upscale restaurant located on the north beach, not too far from the marina.


Yes - Shamrocks is the most famous on the island.

Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - A few stores sell tackle, bait, and lures.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Fishing and diving charters in town.

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi from the Chamber of Commerce reaches out to the docks. The Chamber building is right next to the marina office. Signal can be weak at the slips at the north end of the dock, but is useable. If your device is not picking up a good signal, you can sit on the picnic tables outside the harbormaster's office or in the boaters' lounge to get a better signal. Good cell phone signal at the docks.

Another option for internet is to go to the new and very nice library. There you can use the library computers or take your device and sit in the comfortable chairs in the reading room.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Car rental nearby. Also a bus that makes stops.

Other services

Bike Friendly. There are many bike trails throughout the island. Riding bikes on the road is safer here due to less traffic and the fact than many people on the island use bikes for transportation.


Reviews for Beaver Island Municipal Marina
Nice Marina close to town, 2016-09-14
Captain: , Grand Rivers, Ky (2206)

8-17-16 Great harbor master, very helpful and informative. Easy walk to everything in town%u2026the hardware store has everything you can imagine. Great stop!

Fun & restful stop, 2016-09-01
Captain: , Blanco, TX (520)

Stayed here 08/16/2016, this was a nice peaceful and quiet place to stop after being in busy Mackinac Island, easy access, very friendly and helpful staff. Would highly recommend Circle M restaurant, they will pick up and bring you back, great food and nice wine list !

Island Life, 2016-08-17
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4247)

Beaver Island is a step back in time and pace. Life is different on a remote island.

There are places to visit, including two museums. The maritime musuem has a Great Lakes fishing boat with a beautifully rebuilt Kahlenberg diesel engine and stories/exhibits of life and death on the water.

Traveling by bike is easy and safe here. One paved bike trail parallels a major road that is unpaved. The streets are filled with bikes.

Very nice marina, 2016-07-20
Captain: , Big Torch Key, FL (1978)

New dockmaster this year, Mike Collins. Charter boat captain and very knowledgable and helpful. Good breakfast and lunch place, Dalwhinnie Bakery & Deli north of the docks. The infamous Shamrock Bar & Restaurant, just south both in easy walking distance. Fine dining at the Beaver Island Lodge just west of town, great food and a great setting and view. The Circle M restaurant is south of town in the old church rectory. Both will pick you up and bring you back to the marina.

Wi-Fi is from the Chamber of Commerce and it so slow it is virtually unusable. Good AT&T 4G cell service.

Newer docks and updated facilities, basic services. Beaver Island is normally a love hate thing. Those that hate it says there is nothing to do. Those that love it say there is nothing going on. We love it.

The marina is exposed to a strong SE wind, so make sure you keep an eye to the weather and your boat well tied and fendered. The alternative would be to move to Beaver Island Marina or anchor in the north end of the harbor.

Good marina, pristine water, 2015-07-13
Captain: , Iuka, MS (1130)

Make sure you get the correct marina--the Michigan Harbor Guide has some phone numbers crossed-up with the boatyard. Pretty good grocery and one real restaurant in the Shamrock, so a get-away kind of place.

Perfect if looking for some quiet, 2015-07-07
Captain: , St Louis (320)

This was our first stop after leaving Mackinac Island, an easy day trip on a sailboat. Plenty of water, we need 7', and a very informative, helpful staff. The island isn't very commercial and offers an easier way of life.
Restaurants and a hardware store are all very close and within walking distance.
They prefer to be called on the radio, if possible, but do answer their phone. If they're out of the office, they always have a radio with them.

One of Our Favorites, 2014-12-27
Captain: , Milwaukee WI (939)

We make a point to stop here each year to/from our passage north. If there isn't room at the marina, there is good holding in the anchorage. This is a small marina, but the service is large scale and it is very well maintained. Staff is friendly and knowledgable.

Beaver Island features the best breakfast ever at Dalwhinney's. Grocery is very well stocked. If you get weathered in, rent a car and explore the island as we did, you'll learn a lot. Otherwise, everything is walkable from the marina.

All you need and some more, 2014-09-21
Captain: , Green Bay, WI (400)

Stopped here 8/11-8/13 2014 a great stop en route from Jackson Harbor on Washington Island to Mackinac Island. Good docking help using springline and we used a fenderboard. Biked to Donegal Danny's for an excellent meal and good time. Check out the woodworking shop next to grocery. Handmade artistic kayaks, skateboards and buckets. Took 4 hr tour with Roland a knowledgeable retired local who pointed out all the other islands and their stories and lots more stuff. Check out the old lighthouse at southern tip of this historic island, the largest on Lake Michigan. Feels like the 50's and 60's never left! Met many nice people and looking forward to our next visit...

Quiet, basic marina, 2013-08-19
Captain: , Marathon,FL (90)

Here Aug 19, 2013. Harbor Master friendly and helpful. Wanted spring line. Docks are a bit exposed to southerly winds, especially to SE. Town quiet and basic. Docks a bit high with low waters.

Beautiful quiet marina, 2012-08-26
Captain: , prospect, ky (415)

We spent one night here on our way down Lake Mich. We really liked this marina. It is quiet well kept and within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Reasonably priced.

Be careful of which marina you reserve., 2011-10-15
Captain: , Algonac, MI (1659)

This is the MUNICIPAL marina. Unfortunately, the Michigan Harbor Guide lists the phone number for the private marina at the north end of the bay.

Great place, quiet., 2011-09-13
Captain: , Charlevoix, MI (74)

Always look forward to our annual trip through Beaver Island on our way to, or from Fayette. Staff is friendly, and make sure you have your spring line ready for Harbormaster Jim to grab. Docks are in great shape. Deepest slips carry an 8 to 9 foot depth, and are found on the south of the marina. Inside slips have up to 6 feet of depth. Make sure you hit the Toy Museum before 4:00 on most days, and bring your bike and your GPS unit and do some geocaching. Great burgers at the Shamrock, ribs are most excellent too. Wonderful whitefish dinners at the Lodge, and the views are awesome of the ship traffic as they slide north of Squaw Island light.

NICE QUIET PLACE, 2011-08-16
Captain: , Annapolis (208)

Just completed a 2 day stay. Nicely maintained marina with a friendly staff. Had a wonderful dining experience at the beaver Island Lodge (they will pick you up at the marina). Grocery store was surprising well stocked for being isolated

Beautiful Quaint Harbor. Water is very clear and clean, 2011-06-30
Captain: , Oriental, NC (1148)

Beaver Is Municipal Marina is easy to access and the Harbor Master comes out to talk you in and take your lines. Doesn't get any better than that!! The facilities are basic: There is one shower each for men and women. WiFi is only accessible in the lounge of the Harbor Master's Office. Nevertheless, this is a good stop. The have 30/50 amp power and water. No fuel is available at this dock.

Beaver Island Municipal Marina (Summer 2010), 2010-08-19
Captain: , St. Joseph, MI (814)

I'm changing my 2008 review. The harbormaster has had a change of heart or something - this time he was much nicer and more helpful. He was so rude the last time that I'm not giving 5-stars until I see if his transormation lasts. The facility is good, but the restrooms/showers are nothing to write home about.

My habor master was not a jerk, 2010-08-03
Captain: , Port Austin, MI (24)

Radioed in for dockage, no reservations, 1st come first serve.

Harbor master helped at the dock, prefers breast line.

clean showers & rest rooms, close to village. Quaint area, lots of history.

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