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Bois Blanc Island in Michigan

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

Have you ever paddled on inland lakes on an island? Bois Blanc Island, located in the Straits of Mackinac, has four lakes and some of those have islands within them.

The smallest lake, Deer Lake, has no structures or land change on its shores. Mary's and Twin Lake, the largest, have a half dozen structures on their edges. Thompson has one cabin on its south shore. The rest of the shorelines are wild and a joy to view up close while casually paddling. These natural shorelines are increasingly rare not only in Michigan but across the country.

I am hosting Kayak-a-lake-a-day during the last weekend in April (2008). During this time of year, there are usually no other crafts on the lakes and the water is at its highest level. This allows cruising as close to the wild shores as possible.

Vehicles should be able to traverse rugged roads especially driving to Deer Lake. My Ford Windstar Van can get to the lake but expect tree branches to "brush off the dust" as you motor along.

Check out this site for photos:


Bois Blanc Island has an awesome Bed and Breakfast. It is, unfortunately, booked the last weekend in April. There are other rentals but early and late in the season may present some problems. Go here to find out about Insel Haus:


All fees or permits are the same on BBI as the rest of the State of Michigan. BBI is included as part of Mackinac County.

To get to the island, one must take the Plaunt Transportation Ferry. The rates and schedule can be found here:


Drive North to Cheboygan, MI on I-75. There are three exits. I prefer the Topinabee exit as it parallels Mullet Lake.


Plaunt Transportation can answer many questions (888-752-8687)


For more info about BBI go here:

Trip Details

  • Trip Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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