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Vacation On Your Private Island

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

Rental is the entire island! Howard Is. is a two acre privately owned island, located a mile north of Drummond Is. in Potagannissing Bay, Lake Huron. It is one of hundreds of privately owned Islands in the bay. Howard Is. is heavily wooded with Cedar trees. It offers serene beauty and a kind of relaxation you will never experience in your life. To watch sunsets and sunrises you simply turn your chair around.

To get to Howard Is., you leave by boat from The Yacht Haven marina and boat north ( about a mile) to tie up to the lazy L dock at Howard Is. Boat rentals are available at the marina; 906 493-5232. Having your own boat is a plus. (First time renters would meet me at the marina for all the particulars.) This is a seasonal vacation spot and is open from mid May thru September.

The island has two charming log cabins and a boat house or garage. The main cabin has two bedrooms (sleeps six) and a bath. It has a very complete kitchen and comfortable living room. Large windows enhance lake views. The smaller cabin, Hide-a-Way, has an enclosed porch that leads into a very adorable comfortable sitting area with fireplace. It is complete with a sofa sleeper and a loft that holds two small beds. Both cabins have knotty knotty pine interiors, slate fireplaces and filled with vintage log furniture. Wood is provided for the fireplaces and the two bonfire pits.

Amenities include: a large dock, a picnic table on a large deck, totem pole, hammock, glorious views, wild life and star gazing.

More Details

Susan Hadley
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Please call me with questions at 231 342-9219
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Susan Hadley

I am a Northern Michigan girl, and live in Traverse City. One of of things I can't live without is the woods and water.

Susan Hadley purchased this cabin in 1986

Why Susan Hadley chose Drummond

I saw this island for sale many years ago while boating in the North Channel. I never had a deep desire to own an island, but it had such special beauty, I decided to buy it. It holds so many memories for me, my friends and my children. Twenty years ago, my daughter and her college friends made paths out of rocks. The rocks have settled in the earth and are one with nature, just like life's memories.

What makes this cabin unique

No bugs!!!


Drummond Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , An indoor bath with shower was just added on!
  • Knotty pine
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sleeper in living room in Hide-A-Way.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Loft at Hide-A-Way
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , Double size beds
  • There are two cabins. Main cabin has two bedrooms. Master bdrm has a double bed; guest bdrm has queen double bunks, both have dressers. Hide-A-Way (2nd cabin) has a queen sofa sleeper; loft with two small beds. There
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Vacation On Your Private Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

2017 Annual Fishing Trip

  • 5 of 5

We anticipated our return to Howard Island ever since we left last year. We were not disappointed the weather was great and the Island is so much fun. The main cabin and the Hide-a-Way cabin both give you that up North feeling we always enjoy. Everything you need is included. Just bring the food and beverages. No need for air conditioning with the natural air conditioning you get from Lake Huron's refreshingly cold water. The breeze coming in through the windows adds to the relaxing feeling you get just sitting in the living area taking in the view and listening to the Loons call and the wave as they lap up against the rocky shore line. The boating in Potagannissing Bay is great. We always venture out around the light house and up the Saint Mary's River. Seeing the huge Freighters up close adds to the excitement. The fishing is good out in the lake as well as around Howard Island. My grandson catches fish right off the dock on the island as well. The staff at Yacht Haven are always helpful if you need gas or a slip to moor your boat. Susan the owner of Howard Island is very helpful if you have anything come up that requires her attention. The boat house on the Island is a handy place to stow your gear whilst vacationing on the island. You don't want to miss the evening sunsets down at the West end of the island they are gorgeous. In the late evening we like to sit in the cabin and relax around the beautiful stone fireplace. It is noteworthy to mention the outside chimney of the fireplace is made out of local stone many of which are very colorful pudding stones. Howard Island is conveniently located near Drummond Island where you will find the restaurants, hardware, sundries store and grocery to be very adequate. If you're looking to make some life long memories Howard Island should be on your list of destination. To quote an excerpt from Rachel Lyman Fields Poem............. If once you have slept on an island you'll never be quite the same. We will look forward to returning next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful and kind words. Your writing is all so true. What great memories to always have for you and your grandson.
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Columbus, Ohio

Great vacation on a charming island in Lake Huron!

  • 5 of 5

Completely charmed! Our family of 8 had a wonderful vacation. This is a 1 acre island less than a mile from the marina on Drummond Island. The main cabin has a fireplace, a small kitchen & sleeps 4 comfortably. The bathroom is brand new and first class for an island cottage. There is also a second cottage/bunk house that is beautiful & can sleep 4 - 6 people. We loved watching & feeding the red squirrels on the island - they are fearless, entertaining, & enjoyed swiping my almonds. The owner is very helpful & thorough with her instructions. Cell phone service & WiFi is accessible while we were on the island, if you need it. We enjoyed boating around the lake & other islands on the pontoon boat we had rented from the marina. The owner had the local caretaker of the property meet us & give us a detailed tour of the island, complete with instructions about the cottages & island. You can watch sunrise & sunset by simply turning your chair around. We hope to come back next year. The owner's phrase "It's a magical place" was the perfect description!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your very kind words. (The island is 2.3 acres).
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Mount Prospect, IL

Unforgettable Adventure!

  • 5 of 5

We love this place! And how many people can actually brag about vacationing on an entire island by themselves? Susan's cabin and grounds were very clean and very comfortable. We had a well-equipped kitchen with everything you need to cook, grill, or bake your favorite dishes. Although we were recommended to visit a couple of restaurants on Drummond Island, we never made the trek across we stayed only at this magical place! We spent our days fishing and sight-seeing, relaxing, and enjoyed a few fun games of Ladder Ball. And, at night, when the skies allowed we gazed up at the stars and watched for UFO's (just kidding but we did see plenty of shooting stars and the occasional satellite)

Charles, the local caretaker, was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and we appreciated his assistance with getting us oriented with the island.

We were so fortunate to have been able to experience this unforgettable adventure and we hope to have the opportunity to visit Howard Island again.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago area

Island Paradise

  • 5 of 5

The Island was incredible! Beautiful sunsets on the jetty, the call of the loon, places to explore, living in harmony with nature. S'mores over a bonfire, fishing all morning, boating adventures. Well stocked kitchen, ample linens, clean, comfortable bedding, lovely main home and second mini house (two full beds in loft---nicer than described). Lovely decor, feels like home. Owner provided everything we could possibly need (paper goods, extra coats, marshmallow sticks, griddle, you name it!)

Pictures don't capture this island paradise. We will return!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shaker Heights, OH

Special place

  • 5 of 5

My family has spent significant portions of the last 13 summers on Howard Island and the experience is almost indescribable. From sunrise to sunset—both of which typically are wondrous—we are fishing, waterskiing, tubing, kayaking, and otherwise enjoying the water. We keep two boats at the Yacht Haven year-round, but rental boats can be easily arranged. For fishing enthusiasts, the waters surrounding Howard offer smallmouth, perch, pike, walleye, and salmon (Detour Pass). When the rains occasionally come, we either hunker down in the main cabin in front of a fire with cards or a board game, or head over to Drummond for lunch and shopping. Our children have grown up on Howard and we cannot imagine a summer without visits to this very special place.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Definitely a slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

My sisters & I rented Howard Island and had such an wonderful time, we rented it again! Incredible sunrises and sunsets; fishing, boating and exploring Drummond Island. Our fears about using an outhouse were unfounded, it was so quaint and charming. At Yacht Haven we rented our boat and the staff there were so friendly and accommodating, we can hardly wait to visit again! (As a bonus, we had great cell phone service out there in the middle of Lake Huron!)

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Northwood Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Detour, MI
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Drummond Island- The Rock
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
I- 75 to M-134 to Detour Village to the ferry
Car: recommended

Fishing off the dock is the best. It is up and down, catching pan fish. Perch is best caught in the early mornings. I have caught Pike and Walleye there too. You must have a fishing license, even to fish on the dock. Swimming is good at the end of dock too.

You will see deer, as they swim from Is. to Is. The cry of the loons add to the tranquility. Bald Eagles are a common sight. The stars and the Northern Lights are something to behold. Views of sister Islands and glistening water is at nature's best. Howard Is. is in the path of boats coming from Canada to clear customs at The Yacht Haven, which makes boat watching fun.

Most visitors, once they are on Howard Is., don't want to leave. But, if you do, Drummond Is., a mile away by boat, has a lot to offer. There is a bowling alley, golfing at The Rock, fine dinning at the BaySide Restaurant, ice cream and pizza places, and several restaurants and bars. The North Wood Bar has a band every Saturday night. The place to hike on Harbor Is.

This is a perfect honeymoon spot or a great place for families or friends. If you are looking to get away from it all, then this is the place for you.

It is a piece of Heaven!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

I do require a Lease of Liability and Assumption of Risk to be signed before occupancy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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