Charlevoix - Beaver Island: 6/16/10
We arrived safely in St. James Harbor on Beaver Island at around 1pm and promptly proceeded to the gas barge for refueling and a pumpout. Then we anchored in about 20 feet of water in the harbor before going ashore in Island Hopper for some shopping, exploring and playing. The girls twice enjoyed the playground at the beach. We also took in a couple of gift shops and had ice cream while in St. James. I also found a PVC plumbing fitting to use as a temporary deck cap for waste tank because the threads on the original had corroded and broke.
Beaver Island is the most isolate (furthest from shore) island in the Great Lakes with year-round residents. About 600 people call the island home each year. If you haven’t read the history of the island, you should! The founder of Mormonism, King James Strang, declared rule over the island and set up home base there in the 1800’s. There’s pieces of history on every corner and plenty of Irish heritage to read about too.