CHARLEVOIX, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – More than $6.6 million in federal funding will help purchase a new passenger ferry for trips between Charlevoix and Beaver Island.

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The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced the grant funding.

There are currently two ferries serving the island, and one of them is more than 60-years-old. It will be replaced by a more efficient and environmentally-friendly boat.