Bois Blanc means “White Woods,” a name derived from the many birch and beech trees in the area. In large part because many Detroiters could not pronounce Bois Blanc Island as the French could (they often mumbled the name – “Boys Blank”), the Canadian government officially changed the Island’s name to “BobLo” in 1949. Known regionally as the former home of the BobLoIsland Amusement Park until its closure in 1993 after 95 years of operation, BobLo Island has recently been developed into a 240 acre private residential community.
Today’s BobLo Island offers one-of-a-kind single family homes, townhomes, and a condominium development, many offering stunning riverfront views tucked away among mature trees. Less than a five minute private ferry ride away, which runs every 20 minutes, on the hour 24/7, 365 days per year – one can enjoy BobLo’s white sand beaches, full service marina, picturesque nature trails, The BobLo Island Beach House Restaurant, Captain Bob‘s Island Ice Cream and Coffee Cabin, South Beach Water Sports and so much more!
From its historic 57 foot lighthouse to its indoor dance pavilion, BobLo is an Island rich in not only its history, but its varied natural habitats as well. Home to hundreds of unique tree, plant and animal species, the development of the island remains ‘environmentally friendly,’ – ensuring that this diverse ecology remains unspoiled for generations to enjoy.
A unique blend of old and new – BobLo Island offers an everyday life of extraordinary living.