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8 private islands in Michigan you can rent for a memorable vacation Want to escape to a private island without traveling all that far? It's possible at these eight Michigan vacation rentals. Some are remote and require a boat ride to be reached; others are accessible via bridges (walking or driving); all offer a unique option for lodging when you're planning your next Michigan vacation.

AshKay Island Location: Manchester, Mich., on Iron Mill Pond, about 30 miles from Ann Arbor Details: An eight-acre island that sits within a 156-acre lake. There's a twobedroom, two-bathroom cottage plus a tree house (with a queen bed); in total, the listing can accommodate up to 12 guests.


Zeron's Island Location: Sage Lake, about 26 miles west of Tawas City, Mich. Details: A 7.5-acre island with 2,000 feet of sandy shoreline on all-sports Sage Lake. Three-bedroom, two-bath cabin has a sprawling patio and grilling area; pontoons available for rent.

Howard Island Location: A mile north of Drummond Island in Lake Huron Details: This privately owned island is heavily wooded with cedars and has two cute log cabins, complete with rustic knotty-pine interiors. One line in the listing we loved: "To watch sunsets and sunrises you simply turn your chair around."


Charity Island Location: Near the mouth of Saginaw Bay, with transportation to the island from AuGres, Mich. Details: The six-person Charity Island Lodge is the only structure on this 400-acre island, except for the historic Charity Island Lighthouse. Billed as a nature-lover's paradise, the island is great for hiking, bird-watching and fishing, if you come by way of your own boat. Kayaks available for touring the 4.5 miles of shoreline.

Gingerbread in Gull Lake Location: Gull Lake, about 12 miles from Kalamazoo Details: Cross over from the mainland to the island via a walking bridge; there you'll find this charming gingerbread cabin, with a knotty-pine interior and two porches for lounging.


Namaste Island Location: Bass Lake in Traverse City, Mich. Details: This 7.5-acre island in all-sports Bass Lake has a renovated log cabin and a pontoon boat for transportation to the island as well as cruises around the lake. Cabin sleeps six.


Island near Traverse City Location: Fish Lake, a small lake in Buckley, Mich. Details: Reviewers for this cabin on an island just south of Traverse City loved the peacefulness, seclusion, and quiet. It's connected to the mainland by a little bridge, eliminating the need for a boat for transportation to the island.

Republic Island Location: Republic, Mich., north of Escanaba Details: This two-acre island sits in the Michigamme River, affording it tons of privacy and making it an excellent spot for fishing. The vintage cedar cabin sleeps four guests.


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8 private islands in Michigan you can rent for a memorable vacation  

Sometimes the ideal vacation is one where you don't really have to be in that light, you might think that a private island is best. A few is...

8 private islands in Michigan you can rent for a memorable vacation  

Sometimes the ideal vacation is one where you don't really have to be in that light, you might think that a private island is best. A few is...

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