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Skull Island, Blackbeard's Hideaway!

White Lake, MI, USA
  • Cabin900 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • 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!!!! ;-)


Donard Maniaci

Member Since 2014
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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.


    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, Bunkbeds
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, Bunkbeds
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, Upstairs bedroom with walk-out balcony.
      • Lower bedrooms have bunkbeds. Twin and Full mattresses. Upper loft has a Queen and a walk-out balcony with amazing views. Living room has a sofa bed.


      • 1 Bathroom
        • Everything is new. The bathroom or head, has great view of Gale Bay.

        Location Type

          • Beach View
            Unlike the view from the beach. this view is from the island at the beach.
          • Beachfront
            There is a sea wall. If the kids want to play in the sand you will want to go to the Beach.
          • Lake View
            By far this place has the best lake views around!
          • Lakefront
            You'll be seeing some of best lake views around, about 270 degrees!
          • Water View
            Wait until you see the sun sets over the bay.
          • Waterfront
            Your surround by water on 3 sides of the property.


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Fireplace
                        There is a fire pit outside near the water.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                        There is a 'L' shaped couch with a pull-out bed in it. There is also a brand new LCD TV on the wall.
                      • Parking
                        Parking is at fenced-in yard across from the island.
                      • Towels Provided


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            Full Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                There are 5 seats at the table and 3 seats at the bar. Let us know if you need more and we'll take care of it.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 5 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Stereo
                                    Radio available
                                  • Television
                                    New LCD TV.
                                  • Toys
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Boat
                                        Paddle boat and row boat are included. You can bring your boat and dock it at the park area or the house. We also rent a pontoon boat. Tours of the lake can be scheduled on the owners boat.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Golf
                                        There are several Golf courses near by.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Pontiac Lake rec area now rents Kayaks. I believe they are $30 a day and les per hour.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            You'll need to go back and forth from the island on a boat.


                                              • live theater
                                              • autumn foliage
                                              • cinemas
                                              • coin laundry
                                              • festivals
                                              • forests
                                              • library
                                              • churches
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • water parks
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • outlet shopping
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • photography
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • walking

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • roller blading
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • water tubing


                                                              • Pontiac Lake is one of the best lakes around. It's a shallow lake. This makes it one of the first lakes to get warm and stay warm. You can swim right off the sea wall or go to the state beach. If you like water and having plenty to do, you'll love this place.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                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.

                                                                44 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Definitely a must stay!

                                                                George V.

                                                                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!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                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

                                                                kary t.

                                                                Great time they had absolutely everything we had 10 people and very roomy. Defiantly going back.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                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.

                                                                Thank you

                                                                Donard and Nan

                                                                Memorable and great fun!

                                                                Kelly E.

                                                                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

                                                                Sara W.Chicago

                                                                We had a blast! Everything was so nice and the house was fully stocked. They thought of everything!


                                                                sarah c.

                                                                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!

                                                                Gabriel R.

                                                                Excellent property, I'd highly recommend, if you enjoy being on the water. The pirate theme was a cool touch too. Thanks so much!


                                                                White Lake, MI, USA

                                                                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

                                                                Cleaning Fee

                                                                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.

                                                                44 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.9/5
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