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Features August 2015 Issue

Island Flying

Water, water everywhere... How would you go about approaching an airport on an island? Or would you skip it altogether? (Hint: There’s no wrong answer, just options.)

In the far reaches of the Upper Midwest, an island vacation can mean you’re heading north. Way north. Yes, there are islands in Wisconsin and Michigan, even some with sandy beaches. The sunsets are amazing. But don’t expect any palm trees, and bring your rain gear. Like most islands, you’ll arrive by ferry or by air, but this isn’t a boating magazine. Beaver Island, Michigan, the largest blob in a small archipelago, is 13 miles long and six miles wide. It’s only 40 nm from the more-famous Mackinac Island. You’ll want to spend some extra time planning the possible arrival routes—all of them—with the island sitting smack in the middle of upper Lake Michigan. Ignoring the water hazard, this scenic tour of northern Lake Michigan makes the perfect summertime trip. Just know that lake fog and cool, stratus-cloud days with rain are common up there even in the warmest months, so be prepared to file.

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