Bois Blanc is the other island at the Straits of Mackinac. Larger and, far less populated than Mackinac Island, Bois Blanc (pronounced Bob-Lo) is a part of Mackinac County in the U.P., but most visitors reach the island by the ferry from Cheboygan at the tip of Michigan’s Mitten. Take your car or bike---the dirt road that circles the 6-by-12-mile island offers a peaceful escape and connects beaches, the local bar, the general store and views of Lake Huron. Lodging choices are vacation rental homes, the unique Insel Haus B&B and primitive camping. The Bois Blanc Island Marina welcomes boaters.
It’s a one-hour boat ride from Caseville or East Tawas to Charity Island in Lake Huron, at the entrance to Saginaw Bay. Birders and other nature lovers pack a picnic for the day trip to view wildlife and rare plants, and see the lighthouse. Evening cruises begin with appetizers on the boat ride to the island followed by dinner at the lighthouse and dessert with sunset on the return cruise to the mainland.
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