Lime Island State Recreation Area

Maps and Area Guides

Recreation Passport:

The Recreation Passport is required for all Michigan state parks, trails, historic sites, boat launches, harbors, and more. Visit for more details and to purchase.


Campsite: Check-in 3pm, Check-out 1pm. Overnight Lodging: Check-in 4pm, Check-out Noon. Modern Lodging: Check-in 3pm, Check-out 11am. Quiet Hours: 10pm-8am.

Alcoholic Beverages and Marijuana Use:

Possession of alcoholic beverages by minors is strictly prohibited. Despite the change in law, the use of marijuana in public is still not legal or allowed.


Pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash and 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. Two vehicles allowed per campsite. Visitors must leave by 10pm. Fireworks are not permitted.

Michigan State Parks Swimming, Boating, and Water Safety:

The Great Lakes are powerful bodies of water. DO NOT swim near or jump off break walls or navigational channel walls. Always pay attention to changing conditions and the beach flag warning system found in designated buoyed swim areas. Before heading out, visit

Record-high water levels are causing increased river flows, submerged docks and piers, swimming and boating hazards, and other concerns. Learn more about the effects of high water and how to stay safe at

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

Invasive insects and diseases have destroyed MILLIONS OF TREES in Michigan, often after hitching a ride on firewood. Purchase only certified heat-treated firewood at the park or nearby vendors. If you don’t use it all, don’t transport it or take it home with you. Campfires are permitted only in designated fire rings. Never leave a campfire unattended.

Michigan State Park Gear and Merchandise:

“These Goods are Good for Michigan” is a collection of partners who work with the Michigan DNR to support parks, trails, and waterways through the sale of products and services. Visit

Give the Gift of Outdoor Recreation:

Want to give a camping or boating trip to your favorite outdoor enthusiast? Purchase a Michigan state park and harbor gift card or electronic card. Visit or call 517-284-7275. 

Overnight Lodging Facilities:

Want to go camping but don’t own a tent or camper? There are many options available at Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas, including: cabins, yurts, safari-style tents, or lodges and cottages with many of the amenities of home. Visit 


Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling 1-800-44-PARKS (1-800-447-2757). For more information, visit

Contact the Park:

Lime Island State Recreation Area:
(906) 248-3422
c/o Brimley State Park
9200 West 6 Mile Road
Brimley, MI 49715

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.