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Travel and Transportation

​​​Individuals must make their own transportation arrangements to Charlevoix, Michigan.

Driving Directions to Charlevoix

From Mount Pleasant

M-127 north to I-75. Take M-32 west at Gaylord and follow to East Jordan. Take M-66 to Charlevoix.

From Grand Rapids, Big Rapids, Cadillac

US 131 north to Mancelona. Take M-66 and to Charlevoix.

From Midland, Bay City, Saginaw, Flint

I-75 north to M-32 west at Gaylord and follow to East Jordan. Take M-66 to Charlevoix.

From Mackinaw City and Michigan's Upper Peninsula

I-75 south to US 31. Take US 31 south to Petoskey and into Charlevoix.

Vehicle Parking

Vehicles can be parked on the main land for the duration of your stay at CMUBS. Parking rates and locations are available through the Beaver Island Boat Company office and airports.

​To the Island

A ferry and air taxi serve the Central Michigan University Biological Station.

  • Students should board the 2:30 PM ferry the day before the scheduled class start date (Sunday at 2:30 PM for most students).
  • A CMUBS representative will meet classes (for high school students only) at the ferry in Charlevoix 1 hour prior to departure.
  • During registration, groups and researchers must let CMUBS know the time of their departure from Charlevoix and their transportation carrier.
  • If your plans change please call (231) 448-2325

Beaver Island Boat Company

Beaver Island Boat Co.
103 Bridge Park Drive
Charlevoix, MI 49720

(231) 547-2311 or (888) 446-4095

  • Arrive at the ferry dock 1.5 hours before departure to purchase your tickets.
  • Boarding  begins 20 minutes prior to departure. 
  • The ferry ride to Beaver Island is approximately 2.5 hours.

Fresh Air Aviation, Inc.

Fresh Air Aviation, Inc
06918 Old Norwood Rd.
PO Box 328
Charlevoix, MI 49720

(888) 359-7448

Island Airways

Island Airways 
111 Airport Drive 
Charlevoix, MI 49720

(800) 524-6895, or (231) 547-2141  
  • Arrive at the airport about 45 minutes before your flight.
  • The flight to Beaver Island takes approximately 20 minutes.

​On the Island

  • All scheduled class arrivals will be met by CMUBS staff.
  • All transportation to and from the airport or ferry dock on the island will be provided by CMUBS.
  • Vehicles are available for use by classes, groups, and researchers.
  • Potential drivers of university vehicles must submit their name and drivers license number during registration.
  • CMUBS does not provide vehicles for personal use.
    • CMUBS does provide a shuttle service to St. James.
    • The shuttle schedule will be announced during orientation at the station.
  • Students taking classes may bring a bicycle or a vehicle (contact Beaver Island Boat Company for more information).

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