Conservation Buyer Program

Property Listing

Big Charity Island

Michigan, Arenac County, Saginaw Bay

Size: 3 acres
Price: $72,000

This property is or will be encumbered by a conservation easement as described below.

This property is a 3-acre parcel located at the northwest peninsula of Big Charity Island approximately seven miles east of Point Lookout and ten miles northwest of Caseville in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. The property includes an inactive historical light tower and is located on a primitive island owned primarily by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

Primary Conservation Objectives

Primary conservation objectives for this property include the protection of the federally listed Pitcher’s thistle colonies as well as other state and federal rare plants and vegetation. In addition, protection of this property will continue to provide habitat as a stopover site for migratory birds. 


Biodiversity Highlights

Big Charity Island is a primitive wildlife island with the majority of the island in ownership of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The island is a mix of vegetation including second growth hardwoods as well as various conifers and the shoreline offers a mix of cobblestone and sandy shore The vegetation, shoreline, and primitive nature of the island all contribute to prime habitat for rare and endangered plant species as well as a critical stopover site for migratory birds.


Easements and Restrictions

There are restrictions on development, subdividing, mining, plowing, dumping, motorized recreational vehicles, and any topographical or hydrological changes to the property. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will monitor the conservation easement as part of their management efforts on Big Charity Island.


For more information, please contact:


Rich Tuzinsky, Director of Protection
The Nature Conservancy in Michigan
101 East Grand River
Lansing, MI 48906


Phone: 517-944-0507


Learn about The Nature Conservancy's work in Michigan.


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