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Beaver Island Boat Company

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Address: 26210 Main St, Beaver Island, MI 49782-5101
Phone Number: +1 231-547-2311
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07:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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went on trip, AUT 21...10 foot seas..... when it should have been cancelled....good to get there but everyone had barf bags.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Traverse City, Michigan
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

went on trip, AUT 21...10 foot seas..... when it should have been cancelled....good to get there but everyone had barf bags.

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Becky B, Public Relations Manager at Beaver Island Boat Company, responded to this review

Hello Tom, Thank you for reviewing our company. We appreciate all feedback towards BIBCO. We apologize if you felt the trip should have been canceled, however we very rarely cancel the boat due to it being equipped to handle most weather Lake Michigan sends our way. A downfall to bad weather can occasionally lead to a choppier ride. The Beaver... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

The crew has gotten it down with the loading and unloading! They made it look easy. Our son loved it, for being so young (2 yo) we thought he would be bored. He was not! The crew were great and allowed him to tour the captain's cabin and hold the wheel!

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Thank ClothFlower
Becky B, Public Relations Manager at Beaver Island Boat Company, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our company. We appreciate all feedback and responses towards BIBCO. We are thrilled to hear that our boat crew was so helpful and played a part in your adventure to the island and hope you choose to ride the boat to Beaver Island again in the near future. More 

WHEATON
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

had car problems when we arrived on island and one of the crew helped us get going and would not accept a gratuity.

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Thank hevan4
Becky B, Public Relations Manager at Beaver Island Boat Company, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Glad to hear our crew was helpful and could be of assistance. We hope to see you ride the boat again very soon! More 

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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Trip back and forth from Beaver was thankfully uneventful.. BUT definitely bring a book or some sort of entertainment for the trip. Chose to valet our car and they parked it in an unsecure lot at a local school, thankfully no issues. VERY prompt! This boat leaves on time!

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Thank Lauren F
Becky B, Public Relations Manager at Beaver Island Boat Company, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Lauren. For the valet and overnight parking lot, we check the lot often and have never had a safety issue with vehicles parked there. Due to Charlevoix being surrounded by beautiful waterfront, there is very limited parking for passengers going overnight to the island. Which is why we choose to have them park at the... More 

Ortonville, Michigan
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Was pleasant, next time we would bring food, only 3 vending machines. Chairs and tables, all seating comfortable. A little hectic at pier. Crew very helpful. Expensive to take vehicle.

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Thank heawi3
Becky B, Public Relations Manager at Beaver Island Boat Company, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we appreciate all feedback. All passengers are allowed to bring any kind of meals, food, snacks, refreshments, ect. aboard the boat. The dock can be busy do to loading freight shipments and passenger luggage which is why we ask passengers to arrive at least one hour prior to departure to ensure enough time to get... More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

I wish I could be writing a better review. We went over on the ferry for a long weekend 7/16-17. We camped in Charlevoix the night before our Saturday AM departure on the Ferry. We were told by the staff to park our car at the school lot off site, and for the driver only to be at that lot... More 

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Thank Molly D
Becky B, Public Relations Manager at Beaver Island Boat Company, responded to this review

Molly, thank you for taking the time to review our company. We apologize if there was miscommunication towards the parking lot and shuttle bus pick up. Our shuttle drives past the lot about 45 minutes prior to a boat departure and goes to the airport. Often times passengers may see it go past, but it comes back at the 30... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Rode the ferry from Charlevoix to Beaver Island. Its a nice, relaxing 2 hour trip across Lake Michigan.

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Thank tommy9789
Becky B, Public Relations Manager at Beaver Island Boat Company, responded to this review

Thank you for a wonderful review! Glad to hear you had a great time and a relaxing trip on the ferry. We look forward to seeing you ride the boat again! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

BIBCO has been doing this long enough that they have the process down, and then some. The one thing to remember is that you should make a reservation for your car; if they are full, you'll have to leave it to come over later. Everything ran smooth, including the fact that they brought our car over for us a day... More 

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Thank Bruce M
Becky B, Public Relations Manager at Beaver Island Boat Company, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Bruce! BIBCO is happy to hear you had a great experience. We try our best to encourage passengers to make vehicle reservations as soon as they know their travel dates. We also try to accommodate passengers plans and send cars over on different boats as passengers if need be. Thank you again for choosing to... More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Since I had never met anybody who had stayed or been to the Beaver Island, I called the office to know if it was absolutely necessary to bring our van. They were very honest and helpful, and told me that for just one day it was not worth the money. The call saved me a couple of hundreds. It also... More 

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Thank DarthVaderHater
Becky B, Public Relations Manager at Beaver Island Boat Company, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! At BIBCO we try our best to be honest with travelers when asking if their vehicle is an absolute necessity on the island. Often times travelers staying on the island for just a night, may not need a vehicle to access the main areas of the downtown district. We apologies if the vending was out... More 

Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

We love taking the boat over. I just wanted to update on my last trip and say to check which ferry is running over your visit! The Emerald Isle is handicap accessible but the Beaver Islander is not. Also, They do have vending machines with small snacks and sodas and a microwave but no hot foods. Make reservations as early... More 

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Thank SandyK14
Becky B, Public Relations Manager at Beaver Island Boat Company, responded to this review

Thank you for the informational review! We do recommend making vehicle reservations far in advanced due to limited space. So happy to hear you enjoyed the tour. The history of the island is what we feel makes it so unique. Thank you for choosing to "Ride the Boat"! More 

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