Light Keepers House Rental Information


New for 2022.

Due to the rising costs of fuel and logistics of getting back and forth to the island we have instituted a  six night stay minimum.

Preferred “check-in days’ will be Fridays and departures Thursdays.

Departures for the Island will be aboard a 30 passenger boat that will leave from the Au Gres, Area. There is an additional charge for the transportation to and from the island that is paid directly to the Captain of the boat when boarding.  That fee was $350 last year and may be higher this season due to inflation we are experiencing this year.  As soon as possible we will post the boat fee.

The departure will be from Browns landing & RV park on dyer road, tawas, Michigan.

The fees for extra People are for adults over four. We do not charge for children with their parents.

The Lighthouse and keepers quarters are located on the very northern tip of Big Charity Island which is heavily wooded and located 11 miles off shore.

The home is powered by Solar Panels and Wind turbine with backup Generator. If you google search the Big Charity Island you will be able to zoom in on the property. The light keepers home is incorrectly labeled as Charity Island lodge on google maps. The lodge is actually a two bedroom chalet about a mile down the shoreline and is not identified on the google map of the island.

Zooming in on the northern tip of the island you will see the home and surrounding property in quite a bit of detail. The pic was taken after we had 7 years of low water… the lake is higher now.

The Home has a full bath and five bedrooms, four upstairs, each with a trundle bed. The master bedroom located downstairs has a queen size bed and 3/4 bath.

(Each bedroom is named after a light keeper that served on Charity Island).
A half bath is located off the living room that features lots of large windows that provide unique panoramic views of the Lake Huron..

The galley style Kitchen comes complete with modern conveniences including microwave and gas range and full size electric refrigerator. (no garbage disposal, compost pile).

This two story home has a wrap-around deck with a dozen comfortable wicker chairs. Little charity Island just 3 miles south is always in view from the porch.

80 percent of the Island is managed by Federal Fish & Wildlife Service as Wildlife Sanctuary.  Bald Eagles are a common sight from the house as are white pelicans that come to Saginaw bay each year from the Gulf of Mexico.

Guests can enjoy exploring three miles of natural shoreline on the Island and song Birds are abundant.  Island wildlife includes Fox, Mink, raccoons, chipmunks, three bald eagles nests , dozens of swans, geese, wood ducks. Spring and fall Snowy Owls are often sighted on the island.

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.

There is a chicken coop on the property and, provided raccoons don’t get them , a half dozen chickens  are kept on the island so Fresh eggs may be part of the amenities.  If so, you will be expected to make sure they have food and water every couple of days.

The rental fee Includes all linens, appliances, etc.,

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

Be Advised:
On certain days, a tour boat “may or may not ” arrive between 11am & 12 noon with visitors/tourists who bring a picnic basket to enjoy at the dining pavilion located 150 feet from the lighthouse. These visitors will have time to take pictures of the lighthouse and read some of the history panels that are on the north side of the lighthouse. Typically these people are gone by 3:00 to 3:30 pm.

Most days you will have the whole island to yourself however, in the interest of full disclosure please note the following: for decades Charity Island has long been a popular stopping place for local boaters in the area. Many just drop anchor and sit on their boat for a few hours then leave. Many will wade to shore to come up to the tower to check it out and they are typically back on their boats within 30 minutes or so.

Feel free to call me with questions or concerns at 989 737 4078.