Lime Island Cottages and Tent Camping

Come Experience Lime Island


Get back to the simple pleasures in life at Lime Island's cottages. 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. Enjoy fishing from shore or water and spend a day soaking up sun on the nearby beach. All this and more is offered to Lime Island Cottage and Camping Platform guests.

Rustic Accommodations

family in cabin

Lime Island Cottages have 2-3 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 8 individuals. Water and portable restrooms are conveniently located nearby. Each cottage has limited electrical capabilities and lighting produced by rooftop solar panels.

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.


Tent camping is also available at Lime Island State Park. 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 requires a minimum stay of 2 nights. A maximum stay of 15 nights is allowed for both cottages and camping unless permission is granted by the unit supervisor for a longer stay. Call 906-643-8620 to speak with park staff. hh

Fees and Reservations

Prices are listed at

To check lodging availability or make a reservation, visit or call 800-447-2757.

Things to 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 Lime 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.