Pismire Island

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Pismire Island
Pismire Island is located in Michigan
Pismire Island
Pismire Island
Location Lake Michigan
Coordinates 45°46′06″N 85°26′43″W / 45.76833°N 85.44528°W / 45.76833; -85.44528Coordinates: 45°46′06″N 85°26′43″W / 45.76833°N 85.44528°W / 45.76833; -85.44528
Area 10,000 m2 (110,000 sq ft)
State Michigan
County Charlevoix County
Township St. James Township
Population Uninhabited

Pismire Island is a small island in Lake Michigan of approximately 2.5 acres (1.0 ha) in size. It is part of the Beaver Island archipelago, the Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and the Michigan Islands Wilderness Area. It is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a satellite of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. It is located in St. James Township, Charlevoix County, Michigan.[1]

Lying approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of the harbor of St. James on Beaver Island, Pismire Island is a tiny triangle of glacial gravel. It contains almost no permanent vegetation and is best known as a breeding place for Lake Michigan birds. The island was preserved for public use as part of the creation of the Michigan Islands NWR in 1943, and was designated as wilderness in 1970.

The word pismire means ant,[2] referring to the island's tiny size. *


  1. ^ Michigan Atlas and Gazetteer (10th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2002. p. 93.
  2. ^ Entry for pismire. The Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition. John Simpson and Edmund Weiner (editors). Clarendon Press, 1989. ISBN 0-19-861186-2.