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Charity Island Lightkeepers Home Big Charity Island

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

5 Bdrm 2.5 Bath Lightkeepers Home Panoramic Views of Lake Huron

Experience the quiet peace of Island living and the mystique of gone by days staying at the Charity Island Lightkeepers Home Located next to the lighthouse which was built in 1857. The Lighthouse and keepers quarters are located on the very northern tip of Big Charity Island located10 miles offshore in the very middle of 20 mile wide Saginaw Bay.

The Home has a full bath and four bedrooms upstairs, each with a trundle bed. The master bedroom located downstairs has a queen size bed and full bath.

(Each bedroom is named after a lightkeeper that served on Charity Island).

A half bath is located off the spacious living room that features lots of large windows that provide unique panaramic views of the Lake Huron..

The galley style Kitchen comes complete with modern conveniences including microwave and gas range and full size gas powered refrigerator. (no garbage disposal, compost pile). Maritime history surrounds this privately owned Lightkeepers home with history Kiosks that relate highlights of the lighthouse' past service located outside around the yard. Nearly all of the Island is managed by Federal Fish & Wildlife Service as Wildlife Sanctuary. Bald Eagles are a common sight from the house.

This two story home has a wrap-around deck with a dozen comfortable wicker chairs from to enjoy breath taking views of Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron, Little charity Island just 3 miles south is always in view from the porch.

Enjoy exploring three miles of natural shoreline on the Island. Song Birds are abundant.

Island Wildlife includes Fox, Mink, raccoons, chipmunks, three bald eagles nests , dozens of swans, geese, woodducks and in the fall Snowy Owls are often sighted.

Various Wildflowers are abundant through out the season. In addition, World Class fishing surrounds the island and can be enjoyed from a dock at in the small Island marina located 10 minutes from the house or wading off the rocky shoreline in front of the home.

The home is available to be rented from May 2nd through to the early November and in

-cludes all linens, appliances, ect Add $350 for Round Trip Transportation. Departures can

be arranged from Caseville or Au Gres Michigan

Other Amenities include – Fire pit on beach, gas grill on Deck, TV, Radio, Cd player.

There is a 3 day minimum.

Be Advised:

On Weekends a Dinner Cruise boat arrives at 5:00 pm with 30 - 40 guests who will dine at the Island Dining Pavilon which is located on the grounds of the Lighkeepers home – Dinner Cruises are “ weather permitting” and all Dinner cruise guests are gone after 3 hours ( 8- 8:30pm)More details on the trip can be obtained at (

Lighthouse Guests may dine free of Charge with the Dinner Cruise people.

There are no Dinner Cruises Sunday through Fridays so it is recommended you plan your stay with that in Mind as Friday and Saturday evenings there will be 40 plus people arriving to spend three hours on the island on those days.

More Details

Robert Wiltse
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 4, 2018

About Robert Wiltse

My wife and I have been married 35 years, have two children and three grand children. In addition to operating Charity Island Excursions my wife and I are both Real Estate Brokers and we have offices in Standish and Au Gres Michigan. We offer Buyer Representation and can help you find the home of your dreams in Northern Michigan.

Robert Wiltse purchased this house in 1992

Why Robert Wiltse chose Au Gres

We purchased charity Island after working 3 years to obtain the permits to build the marina. Its a rare and beautiful Island which motivated us to sell most of it to the Federal Gov't to protect its unspoiled beauty,.

What makes this house unique

Its unique location allows one to experience the quiet peaceful solitude of the island living. Boaters visit on the weekends which keeps things interesting.


Au Gres House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: 2:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • four bedrooms upstairs and one down
  • limited accessibility
  • arboretum
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing


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Charity Island Lightkeepers Home Big Charity Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
Rochester Hills, MI

A True Natural Beauty Experience

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a fabulous weekend on Charity Island for her birthday! The experience surpassed our expectations. The history and shear natural beauty of the island is truly amazing. Walking near the water’s edge, hiking through the woods and watching the sunsets while enjoying a bottle of wine were relaxing and inspiring. We felt like we were the only people alive, just us and nature. We definitely plan on returning! Thank you for the wonderful experience Bob!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely home on a spectacular island - truly away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fabulous week on Charity Island in late August. It was a truly unique, Pure Michigan, kind of vacation. The house is lovely, spacious and well equipped. The views from the porches are breathtaking, especially at sunrise and sunset, and when storms are active out on the lake. We spent our days exploring with our kayaks, swimming, collecting fossils, reading many books, and enjoying the wildlife. The nights were cool and very dark, with spectacular Milky-Way filled skies overhead. All in all, it was the most restful, private, and quiet week we’ve ever spent in southern Michigan. Rob, Karen, and the captains who took us out and back from Caseville were all incredibly nice, going out of their way to make sure everything went smoothly. This is a vacation we won’t soon forget.

Highly recommended for anyone with a taste for getting away from it all.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful island seclusion

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed an awesome 4 nights stay here. It was nice to be able to enjoy both the sunrise and sunset. The owners and the boat captain were very friendly and helpful. It was nice to see all the fireworks going on all over the mainland on the 4th of july. The meal prepared for us when the dinner cruise came to the island was delicious. We made a lifetime of memories there and can't wait to go back again one day. Great experience overall.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy that you folks enjoyed your stay, it was a pleasure meeting you and I mean that sincerely. I hope to see you again. Robert & Karen
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
MBS (Saginaw Bay City Midland
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
On Island and Caseville
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Au gres
Nearest Restaurant
11 Miles
Duffys Bluewater inn


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Add $250 for round trip transportation to the Island.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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