Contact Address Information:
Charity Island Lighthouse
P.O. Box 171
Big Charity Island is the only uninhabited large island in the lower Great Lakes. The 322-acre island is privately owned. The privately owned keeper's dwelling, in poor condition, was razed in the spring of 2003, with the cellar remaining. A replica of the house was then built on the old foundation. See their website for details to visit the island lighthouse.
Description of Tower: White, round brick tower with black cast iron lantern.
Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.
This light is not operational
1858 two-story wood-frame keeper's house.
Date Established: 1857
Date Present Tower Built: 1857
Date Deactivated: 1939
Date Automated: 1907
Current Use: Historic site, rental accommodation.
Open To Public? Yes
Accessible by boat only. See www.michigansunrisetours.com/island/ferry.html for information on a boat ferrying passengers from Au Gres. Dinner cruises to the island are also available; see www.charityisland.net.