Middle Island Keepers' Lodge

Middle Island offers the tranquility of a secluded island and relaxes even the most stress-filled rat racer.

Offering Dive Charters, Snorkel Charters, and lighthouise tours for up to six passengers. Our vessel, Island Freighter II is Coast Guard Inspected, fully equipped, and a well maintained boat. Please call Capt. Mike at 989-884-2722 and we'll get underway. Or send e-mail correspondence to [email protected]

[08/24/16]   The Keepers' Lodge is available for rent this weekend because of a last minute cancellation. If anyone would like to stay, I can give them 20% off.

The dock is power washed, all 325 feet of it. No more slippery dickory dock. Such beautiful weather, where are the visitors? Come on people, this may be your last chance to get out here.

Middle Island absorbs you in.

[09/09/15]   Latest Lodge short log entry:

September 3rd, 2015
My husband brought me here to celebrate my 37th birthday...what an amazing experience...my own private island! Even in our unpredictable Michigan weather we've had an amazing time! Hope you enjoy your stay as well.
Dan and Andrea
Clarkston, MI

You should be here!

Middle Island is the place to be in the summer!

Middle Island is the place to be in the summer!

2015 Short Season

Burning some fuel

Burning some fuel

[09/02/15]   Spaces are filling fast for the tour boat ride to Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse during the lighthouse festival! Make your reservations now

Diving close to Middle Island is the shipwreck Portsmouth and the Middle Island Sinkhole. Lots of fish near the shipwreck.

[08/24/15]   Groups of Six people or more, that has someone that is a repeat customer with them, can take 20% off on available weekends at the lodge!

This may be a ONE TIME offer!!! Anybody that has stayed at the lodge before can now stay at the lodge for half price during weekdays in September. 3 to 4 nights ( Monday thru Friday)
Offer is good for a limited time!

Great Day of diving with Dive n Glide of Bay City. We first went to the shipwreck D.M. Wilson and then on to the German Freighter Nordmeer. Good visibility and hardly any current made for some perfect diving.

[08/22/15]   Plenty of weekends are still available at the lodge in September after Labor Day Weekend! Quite a few weekdays available in August and September as well. LET"S MAKE A DEAL!

To the point, I like it!

2nd day taking out the Motor City SCUBA madmen was just as fun as the 1st. We saw one of Lafarge's cement boats on our way out. They ended up diving the Typo. Although there are supposedly human remains still recognizable off to the side of the wreck, the divers were more interested in all the hardware still attached to this 137' schooner. Crows nest was visible on the way down and made for an awesome desent.

You can't beat the view!

[08/14/15]   getting ready for another busy weekend with the divers from Motor City scuba

This couple got the circle tour around Middle Island. The woman makes jewelry and crafts out of fossils and rocks. After their stay at the lodge I helped them lift their bags to the atv and boat. I'll say she found more than a few fossils on her walks. We had to balance the load of ballast on the boat. She told me that having her husband sling a bag of rocks over his shoulder was excellent therapy for his aching back. How convenient.

Middle Island Keepers' Lodge

Middle Island Keepers' Lodge's cover photo

Another extended day. First three shipwreck dives on the EB Allen, Lucinda Van Vulkenburg and Monohannsett. It was hard saying goodbye to the professional and personable group from Chicago ~ The Sea Lions. Finished off the day taking a couple man and wife for a romantic stay at the lodge. Meteor showers tonight, tomorrow and the next night should be awesome between 3 & 5 a.m. Also great nights for a fire on the shore.

You know when you started work at 7a.m. and didn't back to the dock till midnight, your dog tired. Three dives today including one on the Nordmeer (night dive)

Dive, Dive, Dive!
Day 1 - Sinkhole dive
Day 2 - Two shipwreck dives on The Grecian and Montana sunken vessels

Out with Macomb County Sherriff Dive Team. They are penetrating on some of their dives. We will be diving on the Grecian, Montana, and Nordmeer.

While the ice is melting, think of all the fires you'll have have in summer by the lake... taking in the fresh air and stretching your neck to gaze at spectorizing display of stars above.

This should be the last year that this boat is used for the purpose of taking large groups out to Middle Island or diving. Would anybody be interested in purchasing it? This boat makes an excellent dive platform.

The freighter will rock on the wrecks this summer!

[01/05/15]   Now taking reservations for 2015. June and July weekends are available for groups of 2 to 4 people maximum. August is dedicated to scuba groups on weekends only. Large groups of 6 or more for August and September weekends. Smaller groups can also come during the week in August and September. Thank you for your understanding. Due to the short season and costs , this schedule was needed.

Middle Island Keeper's Lodge will be open to groups of up to four on weekends during the 2015 Summer starting in June. One weekend is already taken. Larger groups will have the opportunity to visit the whole month of September. Merry Christmas. Certificates are now available!

Middle Island Keepers' Lodge's cover photo

I can remember the summers that seemed to last forever. Not so much anymore. Come on down to the keys if you are already sick of the cold. Good deals for my for my former guests.

Middle Island Keepers' Lodge

Middle Island Keepers' Lodge's cover photo

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Middle Island Keepers' Lodge

The painter has finished the lighthouse and is off the island! Here are some pics I took on the way over to pick him up. The moon was rising as the sun was setting.

[09/09/14]   The lighthouse paint job is finally completed. Pictures to follow. All of the painters tools and supplies were taken in one trip. Forgot to take a picture of that. Just got in.

September 7th, 2014

Enjoying a little summer

Enjoying a little summer

Preparation is key. So is faith that the most challenging can turn out to be the most rewarding. @ four / 15 Hour days in a row for me. 11 different dives in three days for them. Sea Lions Dive Club, Hanover Illinois - My Kind of People.

What do I have to do to entice customers to come back again to Middle Island? OK, I'll give you a free night if you stay three! OR, get 20% off your lodge stay in September. See the newly painted lighthouse. Plenty of weekdays still available. Hate to say it, but, this may be your last chance to decompress on Middle Island. It has been a good run, and at the same time, all good things must come to an end. Stay the night, see the stars, enjoy the wildlife / serenity of the surroundings, and take a step back in time.

The lighthouse is getting a coat of protection in order for the next generation to enjoy!

Kayaks offer a good way to explore the higher lake level around the island and sneak up on wildlife.

Family Fun, taking a fort built out of flat pieces of limestone and transforming them into a tower.

Things to see on Middle Island...There are still plenty of open weekdays available in September at the lodge. The lighthouse will have it's new stripe on! Last minute plans are welcome. Call me ahead of time and I'll make you a great deal! 305-900-8240

Had a blast hosting Motor City SCUBA on the island and diving some deep shipwrecks.

I forget who lost this earing at the Keepers' Lodge. All I remember is that they searched high and low. I saw it peaking out at me from under one of the bedroom door jambs. Spread the word and let's find the owner.

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