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Name: South Fox Island Light (old)  

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Nearest Town or City:
Traverse City, Michigan, United States

Location: The South Fox Island Light Station, together with the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, secured the northern approach to the Manitou Passage, Lake Michigan.

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Photo: AEP-MIN226, University of Chicago Library

Managing Organization:
Fox Island Lighthouse Association


The light in the was deactivated in 1934 after the erection nearby of a skeletal tower, but the keeper’s dwelling attached to the 1867 tower stayed in use until 1959 when the last crew left the island. It was then abandoned to the elements, but is now being restored.

Tower Height: 30

Description of Tower: Square brick tower attached to keeper's dwelling.

This light is not operational

Date Established: 1868

Date Present Tower Built: 1867

Date Deactivated: 1934

Current Use: Under restoration.

Open To Public? No.

The site is open to the public in the summer months of July and August.

Keepers: James McCormick (1916-1921). For a list of keepers see


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