About the property
- Cabin900 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights
Private Island House next to a State Park
Ahoy, matey! Welcome to Skull Island where your adventures begin and your memories are treasured.
Your adventure begins right after you park your car in the gated parking area. You'll bring your belongings to the dock where you can load it into your boat or use ours. From the dock, the house will be in your view on the island just to the right. THERE IS NO WAY TO DRIVE TO THE ISLAND, IT CAN ONLY BE ACCESSED BY BOAT.
The home is unmistakable with pirate flags all around, painted black with cannons mounted to the side. You are about 100 yards or about a five minute row boat ride from your destination.
The property is on a point of the island. This gives you 270 degree views, main view of Pontiac Lake, the beach and Gale Bay. It's great to have the sun on the front of the house and when to the rear of the house, you'll find shade under the large maple tree. In the evening you'll enjoy breathtaking sunsets.
You'll have access to everything you need. On the Lake there is a Chinese Restaurant and a couple boat liveries. Pontiac Lake State Park has a host of things to do
Skull Island kid's camp is just on the other side of the island. Check them out on their web site or on Facebook.
Water is the way of the pirate so let's address that. There is a row boat and paddle boat included with the house at no charge. We rent a 12 person pontoon for $175 per night or a larger pontoon can be rented from the local boat liveries for about $225 (some ask it be returned by 5:00 PM). Lounge around the lake or on the dock or deck all day and spend your evenings in Pontiac, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Clarkston, Detroit, Windsor (Canada) or other local hot spot of your choosing. Bring your fishing pole and catch Bass, Bluegill, Pike, Walleye and other game fish when in season. Barbecue outside or cook inside. Vacation in beautiful Oakland County while enjoying the cozy, yet upscale, Northern Michigan atmosphere of this home. Abundant wildlife in nature sanctuary type setting all around the property. The cottage has additional dock space for your own boat as well.
On weekends you'll see the locals playing volleyball in the water.
Can we drive our car to the house?
No, you must park and take the row boat provided or your own (or rented) boat.
Is there a water taxi?
How long does it take to row to the Island?
About 5 minutes.
Where do we park?
The secure parking area has 2 reserved spots for guests. There may be more depending on traffic. There is also additional parking at the State park down the road. There are only 3 houses using the parking area so there is normally not a parking problem.
Is there dock space available at the parking area?
There is a 32 foot double sided dock for the parking area.
Where do we store our boat trailer?
Boat trailers can be parked at the owner's home on the other side of the lake if there is no room in the lot.
Is there dock space at the house?
There is a 24 foot double sided dock at the house. I normally tie my pontoon right up to the sea wall.
Is the calendar availability updated?
Is there internet?
There is no internet provided. T-Mobile 4G in the area. I normally turn my phone into a Hot-Spot and run it on that. It runs just as fast as my Comcast connection at home.
Can you swim at the house?
Yes, it's shallow right off the seawall. You can also row right to the beach at the state park. The house faces it.
Can we get the cleaning fee waived?
To ensure a the high level of cleanliness that we require. The cleaning will always be done by our staff. All linens are done off site so it is not possible for the renter to clean the cabin on their own. Besides, your on vacation, relax and enjoy yourself!
Please feel free to contact the owners with any other questions.
Also, check out the reviews to see what other people have to say about it. I get a lot of comments about the responses...... Matey!!!! ;-)
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 18, 2018
About Donard Maniaci
Donard is an Electrical Controls Engineer/Project Manager. Nan is a Property Manager and cake maker. We love to ride Motorcycles and spend time on the water. We restored this cabin in 2013 and think it's great vacation spot. We've been living on Pontiac Lake since 1990 and can answer most of your questions.
Donard Maniaci purchased this Cabin in 2013
Why Donard Maniaci chose White Lake
It's on an island and your view is the beach. Pontiac Lake is a well known hotspot in the area. Quake on the Lake, Power Boat Races in July, is one of the largest events in the county and it happens right outside your door.
What makes this Cabin unique
Island privacy, views, waterfront and wild life is right at your door.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Definitely a must stay!
We enjoyed every aspect of the cabin and the atmosphere. We will be staying again as we had such a great time. Rowing the boat was even a great addition to our adventure having our dogs with us. Lol. We paddle around the island and had a fire every night. Thanks so much for allowing us to stay! We look forward to it every year!
Well Blow me down!
We're so glad you've discovered our treasure on Skull Island and look forward to your return.
May your jib sail always be full and your flags never be at half mast!
Donard and Nan
Amazing place to stay
Great time they had absolutely everything we had 10 people and very roomy. Defiantly going back.
Thank you for the nice review. We tried very hard to accommodate most needs so people are not running out to the store all the time.
We're glad you could spend your Canadian Thanksgiving with us and we're looking forward to your return.
Donard and Nan
Memorable and great fun!
We enjoyed our time at Blackbeard's Hideaway! Everything we needed was available and the owners were so very helpful in making the stay a pleasant one! We would strongly recommend the fun of this secluded getaway!
Beautiful island cottage
We had a blast! Everything was so nice and the house was fully stocked. They thought of everything!
We can not say enough about our summer vacation. Everything was great! The house had everything we needed. We actually brought too much from home! The house was spotless. The pontoon boat is a must have. We fished and fished and fished. Went to the beach which was great! We have a 4 yo so the little area by the house was perfect for him to swim. The pirate theme was loved by all. We will definitely be returning!!
Relaxing and affordable!
Excellent property, I'd highly recommend, if you enjoy being on the water. The pirate theme was a cool touch too. Thanks so much!
Greenfield Village / Henry Ford Museum is within an hour drive. Contact the owner if looking for something else.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
If you are renting this for Quake on the Lake, 3rd week-end in July. You must book for a 7 nights to get the week-end. This a great viewing spot for this event. Tax Id is available if required. Please feel free to contact the owner any other questions.