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Name: South Manitou Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Leland, Michigan, United States

Location: Near Manitou Passage, Lake Michigan.

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Managing Organization:
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Telephone: 231-326-5134


Contact Address Information:
9922 Front Street
Michigan, 49630, United States

The exterior of this lighthouse has been preserved. A Historic Structures Report is being written; the report will document the building's history and condition. It will also make recommendations about restoring the interior and the advisability of putting exhibits in the connected lighthouse keeper’s dwelling. The dwelling was built in 1858 and until 1872 the lighthouse tower was on top of the building. It was removed after the present tower was built.

Tower Height: 104

Height of Focal Plane: 100

Description of Tower: White, conical brick tower with black lantern.

This light is not operational

Other Buildings?
2.5 story brick keeper's house, fog signal building.

Date Established: 1840

Date Present Tower Built: 1872

Date Deactivated: 1958

Optics: 1872: Third order Fresnel lens.

Current Use: Atraction in National Park.

Open To Public? Yes.

There is a visitor center on South Manitou Island, which is part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Manitou Island Transit, which provides ferry service to the islands from Leland, also operates tours of the South Manitou Island historic district. Reservations are highly recommended. (231) 256-9061 (office) or (231) 271-4217 (off-season).

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: William N. Burton (1840-1843), Bael Ward (1843-?)


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