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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Experience Charity Island in total comfort. A 400 acre wildlife preserve with 4 miles of pristine, undeveloped shoreline. Charity Island is a nature lovers paradise complete with a mature hardwood forest canopy covering most of the Island and a night sky unblemished by artificial lights. Charity Island lodge can accommodate up to six guests with a master bedroom and a spacious loft that has four beds. Propane refrigerator, range and lights allow for quiet living. Our water system is an NSF approved system that draws water from Lake Huron and is filtered and treated with Ultraviolet light and stored in an elevated storage tank for continual water service to the Kitchen and bathroom. Charity Island Lodge also has a generator and is completely wired as any cottage on the mainland. Charity Island Lodge is the only cottage on Charity Island with the exception of the historic Charity Island lighthouse, see ( Dinner tours are often held at the lighthouse and lodge guests are always welcome to join in. Seven miles from the closest land, you will feel the isolation as you watch the dinner tour boat depart Charity Island as the sun begins to set and the spectacular sunset sky begins to unfold. Whether you like hiking, fishing, recreational boating, bird watching, night sky watching or just chilling out on a secluded island beach, Charity Island Lodge will be your new favorite destination in Northeast Michigan. Travel to and from Charity Island can be arranged to accommodate your schedule most time beginning mid April to late October. For more details and pictures visit our website at or call 989-387-2758
Member since: 2015
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Island Tips Emergency service is a long ways away so advise children to avoid dangerous and risky activities. If enjoying the Lake on floats, beware of offshore winds that get stronger the farther out you go. The water in the elevated storage tank has been filtered and sanitized and is safe for washing dishes, showering and brushing your teeth. Bottled water is advised for drinking. The beauty of the water tower is that you do not have to run the generator most of the time. It is nice to run the generator and water pump for showers but remember to go outside and shut off valve going up to the elevated tank or it will overfill and you will not realize full water pressure. When using the water tower only, the toilet will take 3-5 minutes to fill. Sometimes the low pressure causes it to not fill in which case we use the water pitchers to fill the back of the tank. The gas lights give off a lot of heat and are nice to use when there is a little chill. For a night light, us...moreless
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Dining Area
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Refundable Damage Deposit $200
- Property Damage Protection $99
- Rnd trip Boat Transport $120
Transportation to the Island is from Northport Marina in AuGres Michigan. Guest needing transportation will select departure and return times. Inclement weather may cause delays or changes so a little flexibility in schedule is required. Season April 15th - October 30th. Website www.charityislandlodge.com
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: As owner and operator of a very busy restaurant and brewpub in Oscoda Michigan since 1979, we began looking for a quite escape where one could regroup and recharge far from the madding crowd. Born in Northeast Michigan, I grew up with a deep love of all things outdoors. Birdwatching, hunting, fishing, canoeing, boating and a love of the natural environment are all part of my life's endeavors. Oh, did I mention the love of great beer and wine also? lol
Why the Owner Chose Au Gres, MI, USA:
As fate would have it, my brother and his wife, Bob and Karen Wiltse, purchased the 400 acre Charity Island in the middle of Saginaw Bay in 1992. Bob and Karen built an inland marina and planned to sell a few exclusive lots and preserve the rest of the Island including the lighthouse tower and lighthouse keepers home. Soon thereafter, the Nature Conservancy got involved and the Island was purchased and placed into public ownership managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Bob and Karen kept the lighthouse property and a total of four parcels were left in private ownership. In 2007 Charity Island Lodge was constructed and the lighthouse keepers home was rebuilt. In the end, we got the dream getaway we worked a lifetime for and Charity Island got a couple of stewards to make sure she preserved in her natural and glorious condition.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Located in the middle of Saginaw Bay, at the mouth of Lake Huron, Charity Island is over eight miles from the closest points of land. Charity Island was named for it's safe harbor in the middle of what can on occasion be an angry sea. When spending the evening on Charity Island, there is nowhere else in the State of Michigan where you may be further than seven miles from the next human being. Passing freighters, a brilliant night sky, lapping waves and the comfort of knowing you are truly getting away from it all makes this property a one of a kind in Michigan.
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This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Saturday, December 03, 2016
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