Round Island Lighthouse, Mackinac Island

4.6
#4 of 6 in Historic Sites in Mackinac Island
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.
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  • As a lighthouse nut, I plotted well in advance for the best seat on the ferry from which to take photos. I waited an extra hour in line to be sure I was practically first on the special ferry run...  more »
  • Top a boat ride around Machinac Island and saw the Round Island lighthouse. Loved it as I collect pictures of Lighthouse  more »
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  • Put it on your bucket list people Definitely a place to visit
  • One of the most beautiful/picturesque lighthouses on the Great Lakes, in my opinion. Though it's on Round Island, you gain an excellent view of the lighthouse by taking a ferry to Mackinac Island.

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