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Lime Island Cottages and Tent Camping

Come Experience Lime Island

freighter

Get back to the simple pleasures in life...sit atop a bluff overlooking the St. Mary's River and watch the large freighters pass...head inland on the many trails that lace the Island. Fishing can be enjoyed from shore or water and a beach is within close proximity. All this and more is offered to Lime Island Cottage and Camping Platform guests.

Rustics Accommodations

family in cabin

Lime Island Cottages have 2-3 bedrooms and can accommodate up to eight individuals. Water and portable restrooms are conveniently located nearby. Each cottage has limited electrical capabilities and lighting produced by solar panels that are located in the roof.

Guests should provide all basic necessities including (but not limited to) a light source, first aid kit, cooking equipment, warm clothing, and sleeping bags. The cottages are barrier free.

Camping

Tent camping is also available. Wooden platforms located 400 feet from the docks are used as tent bases to reduce impacts on the surrounding environment. Additional platforms are located on the southeast side of the Island and are accessible by water or a 2.2 mile trail from the harbor. Non-platform camping is available up on the hill or on grass in a designated site.

Getting to the Island is Fun!

family in boat

Visitors to the Island must charter or navigate a boat 3.0 miles across the St. Mary's River. Vehicle parking is available inland at Raber. Use of a non-motorized boat to reach the island is NOT recommended.

Lime Island Season

Cottages and tent camping sites are available from Memorial Day weekend through mid-September. A weekend cottage reservation is a minimum stay of 2 nights. A maximum stay of 15 nights is allowed for both cottages and camping unless permission is granted for a longer stay.

Fees and Reservations

Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-447-2757 or visiting www.midnrreservations.com

Keep in Mind...

  • A short (1/8 mile) hike to the cottages awaits visitors after docking.
  • If bad weather extends your stay on Lime Island beyond your planned duration, you will be accommodated on the Island.
  • Lime Island is populated with Black Bear, so take extra precaution by securing food.
  • Pets are allowed on the Island, but NOT in the buildings. Pets must be on a 6 foot leash or shorter and under owner's control at all times. It is the owner's responsibility to clean up after their pets.
  • NO public use of motorized vehicles is allowed on the Island.

For more information about Lime Island State Recreation Area, please call Straits State Park at (906) 643-8620.

Lime Island has received assistance from the Michigan Natural Resource Trust Fund (MNRTF). Established in 1976, MNRTF is supported by revenues from development of state owned oil, gas and mineral resources. These revenues provide support for acquisition and development of public recreation facilities and protection of natural resources.

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