The New International Encyclopædia/Beaver Islands
BEAVER IS′LANDS. A group of islands in Lake Michigan, about 40 miles west of the Straits of Mackinac, and forming part of Charlevoix County, Mich. (Map: Michigan, H 3). They derive their name from the largest of the group, Beaver Island. The township of Saint James, on Beaver Island, has a population, according to the census of 1900, of 420; Peaine township having 372 inhabitants. Several lighthouses are maintained on these islands. The Mormons made an unsuccessful attempt to found a settlement there in 1846.