The Allure of the Mysterious Charity Island
|Charity Island - From Google Maps|
Charity Island by the Numbers
|Charity Tower and Keeper's House|
Big Charity Island is the largest island on the US side of Lake Huron. At 250 acres, it imposes a dominating outline at the mouth of Saginaw Bay. It has an 11-acre pond that is spring-fed and surrounded by reeds. It’s a favorite spot for nesting Bald Eagles and other birds, and as a result, the Wildlife Service has denoted both islands as off-limits to camping and hunting due to its role in the region as a rookery.
Visiting Charity Island
The island is still visited by hundreds of folks each year for all its remoteness, taking excursion boats from Au Gres or Caseville to visit the lighthouse and keepers' house. However, visitors must remain in the immediate area around the lighthouse. Charity Island's designation as a Michigan Island's National Wildlife Refuge means the rest of the island is closed to visitors.
Dinner Cruise to Charity Island
On the weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from Memorial Day through September), the tour boat, Lady of the Lake, departs from the Caseville Municipal Harbor mid-afternoon for its signature Charity Island Dinner Cruise. Guests enjoy an approximately six-hour experience that includes presenting the island’s history, and expertly prepared dinner, and time to tour and explore the historic lighthouse and keepers’ home. Followed by a light dessert and coffee on the trip back to Caseville harbor.
Excursion Costs and Considerations For Charity Island
|Getting There is Half the Fun|
For Booking or More Information
|Lady of the Lake Tour Boat|
Captain Tom 989-550-1234 (cell)
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