Charity Island Lightkeepers Home Big Charity Island

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Last updated: 03/21/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms


  • 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


  • Dining Area


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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$3,000 $9,950
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Ferry to Island and Back $375
  • Tax Rate 6%


Add $250 for round trip transportation to the Island.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/21/2016
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
MBS (Saginaw Bay City Midland
11 Miles
Nearest Barpub
On Island and Caseville
11 Miles
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Nearest Golf
Au gres
11 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Duffys Bluewater inn

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1992

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Au Gres, MI, USA:
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,.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Its unique location allows one to experience the quiet peaceful solitude of the island living. Boaters visit on the weekends which keeps things interesting.

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Speaks: english

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  • view from northEast side of house

    view from northEast side of house

  • view of living rm from base of stairs

    view of living rm from base of stairs

  • upstairs bedrm trundles

    upstairs bedrm trundles

  • All bedrooms have a trundle (sleeps two)

    All bedrooms have a trundle (sleeps two)

  • landing at top of stairs

    landing at top of stairs

  • Sunset view from porch

    Sunset view from porch

  • Charity Island lighthouse  
Established 1857

    Charity Island lighthouse Established 1857

  • Beach Cherry Blossoms mid May

    Beach Cherry Blossoms mid May

  • view from Kitchen

    view from Kitchen

  • upstairs vanity pic- has tub and shower as well

    upstairs vanity pic- has tub and shower as well

  • porch on west side of house

    porch on west side of house

  • view from Dining Pavilon

    view from Dining Pavilon

VRBO #573659

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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Charity Island Lightkeepers Home Big Charity Island

Au Gres, MI, USA #573659

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