Beaver Island Boat Company

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Beaver Island...
America's Emerald Isle

Vehicle Reservations

We will begin taking reservations for the 2021 season on January 18th.

Please call our office to book your vehicle reservation! 

  • Charlevoix office is open all year call 231-547-2311
  • Beaver Island Office (April-December) at 231-448-2210.
Passenger fare is not included in the price of the vehicle.

Please have the following information available at time of reservation:

  • Departure Dates (see SCHEDULE for boat times)
  • Mailing Address, phone number (email if available)
  • Vehicle dimensions – make, model, height, width, length. (We cannot make reservation without this information)
  • All non-factory items that will protrude from vehicle (hitch, kayaks, bike rack, etc)
  • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express)

***Please note, customers must measure their vehicles before making reservations (Trucks, Trailers & SUVs)

Vehicle Reservation Policy:

  • For security purposes, only make reservation for your own vehicle.
  • Passenger Fare not included.
  • Vehicles must be checked in 1 ½ hours before departure time, under penalty of forfeiture. Being overloaded, leaking or having low exhaust may prohibit loading of vehicles.
  • Keys to vehicles and trailers must be left on dock with BIBCO personnel. We reserve the right to inspect the contents of all vehicles and trailers.
  • You will be charged accordingly if any items on the outside of vehicles exceed allotted/reserved space. Items may need to be moved.
  • No portable containers containing gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, etc. in any quantity can be brought aboard our ferry vessels. If you arrive with fuel in a non-approved container you may be charged a disposal fee or storage fee. Propane tanks must be checked in at our dock.
  • Any damage to automobiles due to transport, loading or unloading shall be reported to the captain prior to leaving the dock at destination in order for claims to be heard.
  • There is a surcharge for all trailers requiring electrical power while waiting on the dock overnight.
  • We do not unload full box trucks of household goods IE (U-Haul, Budget, Penske) as freight they must be shipped as a vehicle and reserved in advance.

Unaccompanied Vehicle Policy

  • Unaccompanied Passenger Vehicle is subject to a $25.00 valet fee if a vehicle is not picked up from dock location upon arrival of ferry.

Valet Policy

Passenger Vehicle Valet Policy

  • We offer a one way valet service from our dock locations to our designated Parking areas for $25.00.
  • During passenger Check-in a customer that request the valet service will receive a Valet tag and a Parking permit for the lot they are being parked in.
  • Valets will be tagged with the location of the parking lot the vehicle will be parked in, along with any special instructions on where the keys should be left until claimed by the vehicle owner.
  • Vehicle must be in safe operating condition and in a state of cleanliness that allows for safe operation of the vehicle to the parking area.
  • Vehicles that do not meet the above requirement maybe refused Valet service.

Unaccompanied Vehicle Valet Policy

*Applies during Peak season only*

  • If your vehicle is shipped unaccompanied, a customer has 1 hour from the time their vehicle has arrived at the dock to remove their vehicle from the vehicle unloading area.
  • After this hour has expired the vehicle maybe valeted to one of our parking areas. The $25.00 valet fee would need to paid by the customer prior to them retrieving their keys.

Vehicle Restrictions


  • Weight restrictions call for no more than 50 tons GVW and no more than 4,500 lbs per tire.
  • Height restriction of 13 feet 6 inches
  • Length restriction of 46 feet, forward of that 46 feet the height restriction drops down to a maximum of 7’6”.


  • Weight restrictions call for no more than 50 tons GVW and no more than 4,500 lbs per tire.
  • Height restrictions is 7’6″ in a small area and 6’4″ is all other areas.
  • Trailers are not allowed on vessel.

High Water Policy

Due to the high water this season (2019) we’ve had to create a high water policy.

  • Bike racks, luggage carriers, and other devices hooked to the rear of a vehicle will need to be removed in order to transport the vehicle on the Beaver Islander. The same items may need to be removed on the Emerald Isle on a case by case basis.
    • Please arrive 1 hour and 45 minutes prior to your departure time to allow you to remove such items from your vehicle.
    • The overall length of the vehicle will be measured prior to you unloading those items to establish a vehicle cost. There will be no additional cost beyond the overall length charge. 
  • Trailers are not allowed on the Beaver Islander. Trailers on the Emerald Isle may have to be unhooked from the vehicle in order to facilitate loading of the trailer via forklift. 
    • The tongue weight of the trailer must be no more than 4300 lbs.
    • The overall weight of the trailer cannot be more than 10,000 lbs or it may be impossible to load the trailer onto the vessel. Please inform us if your trailer is over the weight restriction. 
    • Commercial trailers and fifth wheels must be hooked to a vehicle in order to be transported. 
    • Any trailers with air brakes MUST be hooked to a vehicle to be transported. 
  • Towing of vehicles on and off the vessels
    • We are unable at this time to tow vehicles on or off that do not have a working brake system since the ramps are steep due to the high water level. 
    • Special arrangements can be made for vehicles to be towed on and off by a tow truck at the owner’s expense. 
      • These special circumstances will need to be arranged with the Dock Managers to ensure space and that it doesn’t occur during peak passenger times. 
  • Low hanging exhaust
    • Vehicles with low hanging exhausts may be denied transportation if we can not safely load them onto the vessel. 

The Captain will have the final say on refusing any low vehicles or trailers for transportation. This is for your safety and the safety of your vehicle and items. As water levels decrease, we may reduce the high water restrictions. View the High Water Notice here

Cancellation Policy

  • A $100 forfeit fee is charged if you cancel or reschedule less than 72 hours before departure. $150 forfeited for oversized vehicles.
  • There is a $20 processing for all cancelled vehicles more than 72 hours before departure.