Conferences has established a working relationship with the College of
Science and Technology at CMU to assist with the management of lodging
and meals at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.
CMU's main research property includes the
state-of-the-art James C. Gillingham Academic Center. Completed in the
summer of 2007, the center houses three teaching laboratories, a
120-seat lecture hall, computer laboratory and academic library.
Research facilities are conveniently located adjacent to the academic
center and contain a number of research tools and programs, including a
permanent weather station near the research labs. In 2012 the station
opened a new mesocosm research facility in the newly renovated
The station can lodge 100 plus student, researchers, and other users in a variety of housing styles including dormitories, cabins, and campsites. All meals are provided in a fully functioning dining hall and served buffet style daily.
you a student enrolled in a summer class at CMUBS and need to register
for housing and meals? Please visit our registration page!
BEAVER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES:
Ferry and air taxi services serve the Central Michigan University Biological Station and the Beaver Island Community. All
transportation to and from the airport(s) and ferry
dock on the island will be provided by CMU Biological Station staff. All
arrivals scheduled in advance of arrival will be met automatically.
Unexpected arrivals can call (231) 448-2325
Beaver Island Boat Co.:
The Beaver Island Boat Co. operates a ferry service between Charlevoix
and Beaver Island. Reservations need to be made for car transport, but
not for individuals. Cars and Bicycles may be transported for an
additional cost, each way. Generally, the ferry ride takes about 2.5
hours. Please visit their website or contact them for current rates.
The ferry provides the most economical choice for trave to Beaver Island
and we highly encourage this choice for students.
Island Airways operates out of Charlevoix airport, (just south of the
intersection of highways M-31 and M-66) and serve flights to Welke
Airport on Beaver Island. The flight to Beaver Island takes about 20 minutes. Since flights are not made on a regular schedule, reservations should be made in advance. Please visit their website or contact them for current rates.
Fresh Air Aviation Inc.:
Fresh Air Aviation is located directly across from the airport
entrance and serve
flights to the Beaver Island Township Airport. The flight to Beaver Island takes about 20 minutes. Since flights are not made on a regular schedule, reservations should be made in advance. Please visit their website or contact them for current rates.