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Name: Point Betsie Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Frankfort, Michigan, United States

Location: Near southern entrance to Manitou Passage, Lake Michigan.

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Photo: James F. Sens
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Managing Organization:
Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse

Telephone: 231-352-4915


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 601
Michigan, 49635, United States

This was the last lighthouse on Lake Michigan to be automated. The buildings were abandoned in 1996 and soon fell into a state of disrepair. The light station was transferred to Benzie County and the Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse in June 2004, who are restoring the lighthouse.

Tower Height: 37

Height of Focal Plane: 52

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 10 seconds.

Description of Tower: White, cylindrical brick tower; white lantern with red roof.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1894 attached two-story keeper's house, steel fog signal building, oil house, two storage buildings.

Date Established: 1858

Date Present Tower Built: 1858

Date Automated: 1984

Optics: 1858: Fourth order Fresnel lens (removed 1996); now modern optic.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

This lighthouse is located at the end of Point Betsie Road, off M-22 in Frankfort. It is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, Memorial Day through Columbus Day. (The tower may not be open pending restoration.)

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: See for a list of keepers.


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