The Charity Island Lighthouse sits on a 300 acre island located 10 miles offshore in the middle of Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron. Covered by a mature forest of hardwoods and white pine, the island has 3 miles of shoreline, an 11 acre inland lake. 90% of the island is a Federal Wildlife Sanctuary.
In addition to the rare "Pitchers Thistles" growing on the west shore, the island is home to 3 bald eagle nests, hundreds of Baltimore Orioles, Hummingbirds, and many other woodland songbirds. Other wildlife includes fox, mink, raccoons, and chipmunks.
Sitting next to the 49' lighthouse built in 1857, the light keepers dwelling was re-built on the original basement walls in 2003. Today, a bed & breakfast, the home consists of 4 bedrooms, all on the second floor. Each bedroom consists of a trundle bed which sleeps 2 adults. Outside, the Lightkeepers home features a wrap around covered porch that provides a breathtaking panoramic view of Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron, including a beautiful view of Little Charity Island and the Gravelly Shoals Light.
The Lighthouse property has a small gift shop that sells souvinirs, beer, and wine. 80 feet from the Lightkeepers home is a bar and dining area where dinner is served on evenings when the Dinner Cruise Boat arrives with 40-90 people who arrive to enjoy a unique dining experience at the Lighthouse and to hear the history of Big Charity Island.