Michigan’s Frying Pan Island Offers a Delicious Opportunity

For a buyer looking for complete privacy and a clean slate, we suggest skipping in the frying pan – Frying Pan Island, to be precise.

Located on Lake Huron near the town of De Tour Village, MI, the private island is on the market for $580,000.

“It was once owned by the State of Michigan and the Coast Guard erected a lighthouse there. Later when the lighthouse was decommissioned, the state ended up selling it privately and then it ended up in the hands of my seller”, explains the listing agent. Cindy Andersonwith Lake Homes Realty.

An 18-foot-tall lighthouse on the 3.42-acre island helped guide ships until the 1930s, when it fell into disrepair.


The lighthouse is now gone. It was moved a few miles up the St. Mary’s River past the US Coast Guard station at Sault Ste. Married.

Today, Frying Pan Island only has a small cobblestone building and a large pier, which could be a godsend for a new owner.

“Anything built by the Army Corps of Engineers is pretty rock solid,” Anderson says of the pier. “It’s in great shape and looks like it could be the day after it was built.”

The massive landing is 160 feet wide and 510 feet long, and it has a water depth of 56 feet.

“Our region is known as the Mecca of sailing. With this property where it is, you could have a very large sailboat there. The pier is nice and it’s dredged, so you can stop up there,” she says.

aerial view

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aerial view

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Anderson says there is a lot of potential for the island.


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“It’s a blank canvas and it doesn’t fall under any type of zoning,” she says. “You might have a few cabins there. You can dig underwater tunnels from De Tour Village, which is less than half a mile from the island.

The current owners intended to put a structure on the property, but the project fell through, according to Anderson.

“At one point he got his hands on a water tower from a city that was downgrading the water tower. He came up with a design of a house built out of that water tower. I think the expedition for the water tower or something failed.Then they just decided to keep it as an investment.

When she first got the listing, Anderson thought the island got its name from its shape of a frying pan, but that’s not the case.

“This guy came across the island and was walking on it, and supposedly the Indians who once resided on the island left a frying pan, so he called it ‘Frying Pan Island’.”

This man was the captain. William Thornwho published reports say he was the first person to take a boat on the St. Mary’s River and into Lake Superior.

Congress appropriated money to put a lighthouse on the island in March 1879, and the light was first lit in October 1882.

Isolated structure on the island

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Anderson says now is the time to sell because Upper Michigan is a popular destination and many people can now work remotely.

Access by boat during the warmer months is the best way to get to the island, but it East another option.

“You could land a helicopter on it,” Anderson says. “If you’re going to buy an island, you might as well take a helicopter, right?”

Aerial view with fireworks from the pier

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