This little known gem of the north is a great destination for families or those wishing to set a base from which to day trip. The Island was own originally owned by a steamship co. as a refueling stop in the days when steamships could not carry enough fuel to make large ports. It is now controlled by the forest service and is visitor friendly and never crowded. You can either rent cabins (complete with solar electric, firewood and Norma's cookies) or set up camp at one of two tent locations on the Island. The hosts (currently Bill and Norma) are volunteers and very helpful, courteous and friendly.
We usually set out from the boat ramp at Raber MI.(eastern edge of Michigans UP in the St. Mary's river) and paddle three miles ESE to the island(open water).The landing site for check in is well protected behind a 1000' pier. From here the exploring and fishing are great, you can spend the day traveling the coast of Canada's St. Joseph Is. or island hop to Drumond Is. or travel north toward the locks up the river, or visit the fort on St. Joseph Island. Watch for the ships usually 9-10 every day pass within 100 yds. of the NW corner of the island. This location is listed on the Michigan DNR site and needs activity to justify it's existence
You won't be disappointed. Be prepared however we have encountered a day or two of rough seas and high winds. Salmon run late August/early Sept., herring run mid to late July.
Can be obtain from DNR site. Quite isolated.