Beaver Island, the most remote inhabited island in Michigan, is a two-hour ferry ride from Charlevoix. It’s doable as a day trip but it’s best to spend some days relaxing and hiking, bicycling, kayaking, fishing, and exploring the island’s natural attractions and its rich---and somewhat bizarre---history of the home of America’s only king. Take a nature walk with Beaver Island Ecotours, or browse the shops for local art. Enjoy casual or fine dining; lodging options are plentiful at hotels/motels, a B&B and vacation rentals. Camping is primitive at two small campgrounds.
An lndian legend explains that Sleeping Bear Dunes on the Lake Michigan shore were formed by a mother bear, and North and South Manitou Islands are her cubs. They comprise Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the northwest Lower Peninsula. Pack a picnic and take the 1-1/2 hour ferry ride from Leland to South Manitou, where you can tour the island on an old Dunemobile. North Manitou is a managed wilderness area, and the main activities are backpacking and primitive camping.
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