Bois Blanc Island is commonly known as Bob-lo by the island's
residents and is the largest of the three islands in the Mackinac
straits. The island is 12 miles long and 6 miles wide.
Archeological evidence indicates the island was first inhabited
as early as 60 AD. However most relics indicate early inhabitation
dating between 800 and 1400 AD.
Bois Blanc island, as well as lands in Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan
was ceded to the US in 1795 by a treaty with Chippewa Indian
Chief Matchekewis. The US first opened the island to settlers
The island is mostly undeveloped, heavily forested,
and marshy. The island's name "Bois Blanc" means white
wood in French. Although the island is heavily forested with
birch trees, the name refers to the island's Basswood Trees,
which is white under the bark and was prized for its use in
making rope. The island is also heavily forested in sugar
maple trees, which were tapped and used for maple syrup
production for many years and only halted in recent years due
to overly stringent Michigan laws. Until 1950, the island
was logged for lumber to support the development
of Mackinac Island. This forested island is a haven for
wildlife including deer, wild turkey, eagles, loons, vulchers,
Sand Hill Cranes, Hummingbirds and a variety of other lesser
known species of mammals and birds. The island also has many
species of wildflowers, some of which are shown on this page.
access to the island is available via ferry from Cheboygan, MI.
Contact Plaunt Transportation
for ferry schedules.
Larger versions of these
photos of Bois Blanc Island in Michigan can be viewed by using a mouse rollover
or by using the Slideshow below. I hope you
enjoy my photos of Bois Blanc Island.
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This beautiful marsh was in an isolated area of Bois Blanc Island, south of the
Bois Blanc Lighthouse.
In May, when this photo was taken, the four-wheel drive tracks can be underwater in many places.
This is a cabin on the north shore of Bois Blanc Island.
Me and a Ruffed Grouse
While photographing the marsh shown above, this Ruffed Grouse came out of the woods, walked right
up to me and proceeded to follow me around for about 15 minutes. Quite
amazing! It even hopped into our four wheeler as we were about to leave.
At times, this Ruffed Grouse was so close to me, I coudn't even take its picture.
White-Tailed Deer #1410
Bois Blanc Isand is full of wildlife, including Golden Eagles, Wild Turkeys, Sand Hill Cranes, beaver,
White-Tailed Deer, Loons and on and on. It is truly a nature paradise. See other
Mammal Photos here.
Sandhill Crane #1410
We discovered this Sandhill Crane in some lowland on Bois Blanc Island. See more photos of
We discovered this bat flying around our four wheeler in the afternoon.
Not a typical thing - the thought of it being
sick with rabies came to mind.
Big Rock #1384
Bois Blanc Island is heavily forested. We found this docile Garter snake there.
Bois Blanc Lighthouse #1309
My sincere thanks go to Susan McCoy for introducing me to Bois Blanc Island. I fell in love with the island and hope
to return to it again someday.
Bois Blanc Lighthouse Plaque
This photo of the Bois Blanc Lighthouse plaque shows some of the history of the lighthouse.
North Shore in Mist #1377
This is a photo of Bois Blanc Island's north shore in mist.
Dutchman's Breeches #1303
In May, Bois Blanc Island erupts in wildflowers. This is a photo of Dutchman's Breeches. See more photos of
This is a photo of a Large-Flowered Trillium in bloom on Bois Blanc Island.
Dwarf Lake Iris #1436
This is a photo of Dwarf Lake Irises in bloom on Bois Blanc Island.
This is a photo of a Bearberry wildlflower on Bois Blanc Island.
Bois Blanc Island is full of beautiful wildflowers throughout the sping. This is a Jack-in-the-Pulpit.
In May, Bois Blanc Island erupts in wildflowers, including wild strawberries like these.
This is a photo of the orchid-like wildflower known as Polygala, found on Bois Blanc Island.
This is the wildflower known as a Trout Lily.
These are a wildflower known as Rough-Edged Hepatica.
Bois Blanc North Shore #1314
This is a photo of the north shore of Bois Blanc Island.
The shores of Bois Blanc Island is full of birds, these Mergansers were a common sight.