Michigan’s Frying Pan Island Dishes Up a Delectable Opportunity

For a buyer in search of total privacy and a blank slate, we suggest jumping into 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 put a lighthouse up on it. Later, when the lighthouse was decommissioned, the state ended up selling it to a private party and then it ended up in my seller’s hands,” explains listing agent Cindy Anderson, with Lake Homes Realty.

An 18-foot-tall lighthouse on the 3.42-acre isle helped guide ships up until the 1930s and then fell into disrepair.

The lighthouse is now gone. It was moved a few miles upstream on the St. Mary’s River to the front of the U.S. Coast Guard station in nearby Sault Ste. Marie.

Today, Frying Pan Island has only a tiny cobblestone building and a large pier, which could be a boon 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 a sailing mecca. With this property where it is, you could have a really big sailboat there. The pier is nice and it’s dredged, so you could pull right up there,” she says.