Student in a field on Beaver Island

The Central Michigan University Biological Station is located on Beaver Island, 32 miles from Charlevoix, Michigan in northern Lake Michigan.

The island's exceptional freshwater ecosystems, natural habitat, and seven biologically unique inland lakes provide an unmatched learning and research environment. The island's abundant and varied natural habitats include cedar swamps, upland and lowland coniferous forest, beaver ponds, sand dunes, and a great variety of plants and animals.

If you are a researcher wishing to utilize resources at the CMU Biological Station, please be aware that housing and research space is issued on a priority basis as follows:

  1. CMU College of Science and Technology instructors teaching courses at CMUBS
  2. CMU College of Science and Technology and Great Lakes researchers
  3. Science education and scientific research groups (other than 1 and 2 listed above)
  4. Non-science CMU instructors and/or groups
  5. Non-science instructors and/or groups not affiliated with CMU

Click here to submit a Reservation Request and availability will be determined after student registration is completed in March.