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Bois Blanc Township, Michigan
Location within Mackinac County
Location within Mackinac County
Bois Blanc Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Bois Blanc Township, Michigan
Bois Blanc Township, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Bois Blanc Township, Michigan is located in the United States
Bois Blanc Township, Michigan
Bois Blanc Township, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Mackinac
Established 1895
 • Total 48.72 sq mi (126.18 km2)
 • Land 35.11 sq mi (90.93 km2)
 • Water 13.61 sq mi (35.25 km2)
607 ft (185 m)
 • Total 95
 • Density 2.71/sq mi (1.05/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49775 (Pointe Aux Pins)
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-09500
GNIS feature ID 1625960

Bois Blanc Township is a civil township of Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 95. The township occupies Bois Blanc Island, as well as some smaller outlying islands within Lake Huron. The nearby Round Island is administered by the city of Mackinac Island.

The township is served by Bois Blanc Pines School District, which is the smallest school district in terms of enrollment in the state of Michigan and among the nation. The district had an enrollment of four students for the 2021–22 school year.


"Bois Blanc" is French for "white wood". The name is commonly thought to be a reference to either: (a) the paper birch, or more likely (b) the basswood, called "bois blanc" in other contexts. The basswood's white underbark was extensively used by Native Americans and French-speaking fur traders for cordage, including the sewing up of canoes and the manufacture of webbing for snowshoes.

Bois Blanc was ceded by the local Anishinaabe (Chippewa) to the U.S. federal government with the Treaty of Greenville in 1795. After extensive use as a source of kilned lime and firewood for Mackinac Island and other local frontier settlements, Bois Blanc was settled in the late 1800s as a summer resort community. The Bois Blanc Light lighthouse (1867) survives on the northern shore of the island; it is no longer in service as a lighthouse and is not open to the public.


There sparsely populated township contains no paved roads. A maintained county road extends from the island's northeast corner to the far western tip. There are numerous unmaintained roads and trails. Commercial access to the island is provided by ferry connections with Cheboygan through a dock at Pointe aux Pins. The township is also served by a paved airstrip, Bois Blanc Island Airport, in the interior of the island with facilities for private planes.


The township consists of Bois Blanc Island in Lake Huron. Bois Blanc Island is southeast of Mackinac Island and due north of Cheboygan. Round Island, is a smaller uninhabited island between Bois Blanc and Mackinac Islands and is part of the Hiawatha National Forest.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 49.0 square miles (127 km2), of which 35.3 square miles (91 km2) is land and 13.7 square miles (35 km2) (28.04%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 225
1910 219 −2.7%
1920 68 −68.9%
1930 76 11.8%
1940 80 5.3%
1950 42 −47.5%
1960 45 7.1%
1970 28 −37.8%
1980 62 121.4%
1990 59 −4.8%
2000 71 20.3%
2010 95 33.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 71 people, 42 households, and 17 families residing in the township. The population density was 2.0 per square mile (0.8/km2). There were 420 housing units at an average density of 11.9 per square mile (4.6/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 100.00% White. However, about 2,000 people visit the island. Only about 71 people stay year-round.

There were 42 households, out of which 7.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.7% were married couples living together, 2.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 59.5% were non-families. 47.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.69 and the average family size was 2.41.

In the township the population was spread out, with 7.0% under the age of 18, 2.8% from 18 to 24, 11.3% from 25 to 44, 56.3% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $40,833, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,131. There were no families and 3.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 14.3% of those over 64.

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