Round Island Lighthouse, Mackinac Island

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The Round Island Light, also known as the "Old Round Island Point Lighthouse" is a lighthouse located on the west shore of Round Island in the shipping lanes of the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. It was deemed necessary because the island is a significant hazard to navigation in the straits, and was seen as an effective complement to the other lights in the area. Because of its color scheme and form — red stone base and wood tower — it has been likened to an old-fashioned schoolhouse. Ferries regularly pass it on their way to (and from) Mackinac Island, and it is a recognizable icon of the upper Great Lakes.
This light is a twin of the Two Harbors Light in Minnesota. Located in Coast Guard District 9, the Round Island Light was built of painted brick in 1895 by a predecessor agency of the United States Coast Guard and Mackinac island Carpenter Frank Rounds. It served as an active, manned lighthouse and fog signal in 1895–1947. It was abandoned in 1947 and replaced by the Round Island Passage Light, an automated light tower located in the adjacent Round Island Channel. Abandoned, the lighthouse fell prey to plunderers and vandals. The structure's deterioration was almost complete in 1972 when a storm caused a corner of the lighthouse structure to collapse. PutRound Island Lighthouse into our Mackinac Island driving holiday app and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I was able to get some good shots of the lighthouse from the ferry and from up at Fort Holmes with my camera with a zoom lens. It's a cool looking lighthouse, so make sure you at least get a shot... 
    I was able to get some good shots of the lighthouse from the ferry and from up at Fort Holmes with my camera with a zoom lens. It's a cool looking lighthouse, so make sure you at least get a shot...  more »
  • You can get good photos from the island and ferry's. Nice small representation of light house, with beautiful blue water all around. 
    You can get good photos from the island and ferry's. Nice small representation of light house, with beautiful blue water all around.  more »
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  • This is a well taken care of lighthouse. Round island is a uninhabited island that is a big hill. We kayaked from Bois Blanc Island and hiked in. It is a rocky beach and would be a challenge to get a boat to it.
  • Gorgeous lighthouse.

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