Ahoy, matey! Welcome to Skull Island where your adventures begin and your memories are treasured.
Your adventure begins right after you park your car in the gated parking area. You'll bring your belongings to the dock where you can load it into your boat or use ours. From the dock, the house will be in your view on the island just to the right. THERE IS NO WAY TO DRIVE TO THE ISLAND, IT CAN ONLY BE ACCESSED BY BOAT.
The home is unmistakable with pirate flags all around, painted black with cannons mounted to the side. You are about 100 yards or about a five minute row boat ride from your destination.
The property is on a point of the island. This gives you 270 degree views, main view of Pontiac Lake, the beach and Gale Bay. It's great to have the sun on the front of the house and when to the rear of the house, you'll find shade under the large maple tree. In the evening you'll enjoy breathtaking sunsets.
You'll have access to everything you need. On the Lake there is a Chinese Restaurant and a couple boat liveries. Pontiac Lake State Park has a host of things to do
Skull Island kid's camp is just on the other side of the island. Check them out on their web site or on Facebook.
Water is the way of the pirate so let's address that. There is a row boat and paddle boat included with the house at no charge. We rent a 12 person pontoon for $175 per night or a larger pontoon can be rented from the local boat liveries for about $225 (some ask it be returned by 5:00 PM). Lounge around the lake or on the dock or deck all day and spend your evenings in Pontiac, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Clarkston, Detroit, Windsor (Canada) or other local hot spot of your choosing. Bring your fishing pole and catch Bass, Bluegill, Pike, Walleye and other game fish when in season. Barbecue outside or cook inside. Vacation in beautiful Oakland County while enjoying the cozy, yet upscale, Northern Michigan atmosphere of this home. Abundant wildlife in nature sanctuary type setting all around the property. The cottage has additional dock space for your own boat as well.
On weekends you'll see the locals playing volleyball in the water.
Can we drive our car to the house?
No, you must park and take the row boat provided or your own (or rented) boat.
Is there a water taxi?
How long does it take to row to the Island?
About 5 minutes.
Where do we park?
The secure parking area has 2 reserved spots for guests. There may be more depending on traffic. There is also additional parking at the State park down the road. There are only 3 houses using the parking area so there is normally not a parking problem.
Is there dock space available at the parking area?
There is a 32 foot double sided dock for the parking area.
Where do we store our boat trailer?
Boat trailers can be parked at the owner's home on the other side of the lake if there is no room in the lot.
Is there dock space at the house?
There is a 24 foot double sided dock at the house. I normally tie my pontoon right up to the sea wall.
Is the calendar availability updated?
Is there internet?
There is no internet provided. T-Mobile 4G in the area. I normally turn my phone into a Hot-Spot and run it on that. It runs just as fast as my Comcast connection at home.
Can you swim at the house?
Yes, it's shallow right off the seawall. You can also row right to the beach at the state park. The house faces it.
Can we get the cleaning fee waived?
To ensure a the high level of cleanliness that we require. The cleaning will always be done by our staff. All linens are done off site so it is not possible for the renter to clean the cabin on their own. Besides, your on vacation, relax and enjoy yourself!
Please feel free to contact the owners with any other questions.
Also, check out the reviews to see what other people have to say about it. I get a lot of comments about the responses...... Matey!!!! ;-)