Beaver Island, 14 mi (23 km) long, from 3 to 6 mi (4.8–9.6 km) wide, off N Mich., in Lake Michigan. It is the largest island of the Beaver Archipelago and has forests, lakes, beaches, and a harbor at St. James village. The island's permanent inhabitants are mostly fishermen. James J. Strang had a Mormon settlement there from 1847 to 1856.
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