Lime Island State Recreation Area Campsite Information

Entrance Fees:

Just $12 when purchased with your license plate registration renewal, the Recreation Passport is your very own key to exploring Michigan state parks, trails, historic sites, boat launches, and more. It’s the easiest way to support and protect these resources for the next generation.

Michigan Resident Vehicle Passport When Purchased:

with Annual Plate Renewal via Secretary of State $12
at State Parks (Valid Until Next Vehicle Registration) $17

Michigan Resident Motorcycle Passport When Purchased:

with Annual Plate Renewal via Secretary of State $ 6
at State Parks (Valid Until Next Vehicle Registration) $11

Non-Resident Annual Pass $34
Non-Resident Daily Pass $  9

Camping Rates:

Rustic Campsite
$22 per night

Overnight Boat Dockage
$22 per night

Rustic Cabin
$74 per night

*Please Note: Pricing is Subject to Change at Any Time.


Check-in: 3pm, Check-out: 1pm • Quiet Hours: 10pm-8am

Alcoholic Beverages:

Possession of alcoholic beverages by minors is strictly prohibited.

Animals and Pets:

Pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash. Animals must never be left unattended. Please clean up after your animals. No animals on the beach. Pets are allowed only in designated cabins.

Special Camping Rules:

Campers may not camp for more than 15 consecutive nights. Campsites must be occupied each night. No minors in possession of alcoholic beverages strictly enforced. Never leave a campfire unattended. Visitors must leave the park by 10pm. Despite the change in law, the use of marijuana in public is still not legal/allowed.

Don’t Move Firewood! Help Protect our Michigan State Parks and Campgrounds!:

Invasive insects and diseases have killed MILLIONS OF TREES in Michigan–often after hitching a ride on firewood. Please don’t transport firewood! At most campgrounds, it can be purchased on the premises or from nearby vendors who sell USDA-certified firewood. If certified firewood is not available, purchase your firewood as close as possible to where you will burn it. If you purchased wood and don’t use it all, remember–don’t transport it or take it home with you.


Advance camping reservations can be made up to six months in advance of a customer’s planned arrival date for both campsites and harbor slips. Advance reservation for overnight lodging or day-use shelters can be made up to one year in advance. Reservations can be made 24/7 by visiting or Mon-Fri: 8am–8pm, or Sat-Sun: 9am–5pm by calling 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).

More Information:

Log on to:

Write: Lime Island State Recreation Area
c/o Brimley State Park
9200 West 6 Mile Road
Brimley, MI 49715

Call: (906) 248-3422

*Recreation Passport price subject to change.

Welcome to Lime Island State Recreation Area

Get back to the simple pleasures in life at Lime Island’s cottages. Sit atop a bluff overlooking the St. Mary’s River and watch the large freighters pass. Head inland on the many trails that lace the Island. Enjoy fishing from shore or water and spend a day soaking up sun on the nearby beach. All this and more is offered to Lime Island Cottage and Camping Platform guests.

Rustic Cottages
Lime Island Cottages have 2-3 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 8 individuals. Water and portable restrooms are conveniently located nearby. Each cottage has limited electrical capabilities and lighting produced by rooftop solar panels.

Guests should provide all basic necessities, including (but not limited to): a light source, first aid kit, cooking equipment, warm clothing, and sleeping bags. The cottages are barrier-free.

Rustic Camping
Tent camping is also available at Lime Island State Park. Wooden platforms located 400 feet from the docks are used as tent bases to reduce impacts on the surrounding environment. Additional platforms are located on the southeast side of the Island and are accessible by water or a 2.2 mile trail from the harbor. Non-platform camping is available up on the hill or on grass in a designated site.

Getting to the Island is Fun!
Visitors to the Island must charter or navigate a boat 3.0 miles across the St. Mary’s River. Vehicle parking is available inland at Raber. Use of a non-motorized boat to reach the island is NOT recommended.

Lime Island Season
A weekend cottage reservation requires a minimum stay of 2 nights. A maximum stay of 15 nights is allowed for both cottages and camping unless permission is granted by the unit supervisor for a longer stay. Call 906-248-3422 to speak with park staff. See Park Information for season dates.

Things to Keep in Mind

A short (1/8 mile) hike to the cottages awaits visitors after docking.

If bad weather extends your stay on Lime Island beyond your planned duration, you will be accommodated on the Island.

Lime Island is populated with Black Bear, so take extra precaution by securing food.

Pets are allowed on Lime Island, but NOT in any building with the exception of Cabin #4. This cabin is pet friendly with a limit of two pets maximum. Visitors are responsible for any damage caused by their animals. Pets must be on a 6-foot leash or shorter and under owner’s control at all times. It is the owner’s responsibility to clean up after their pets.

NO public use of motorized vehicles is allowed on the Island.

*Downloadable for personal use. Commercial use prohibited.

*Downloadable for personal use. Commercial use prohibited.

*Downloadable for personal use. Commercial use prohibited.

*Downloadable for personal use. Commercial use prohibited.