Lighthouses

The Lighthouses of Lake Michigan

The portion of Lake Michigan east of the Manitou Islands from Frankfort to Northport is the "Manitou Passage." For generations, it has been a "short cut" where a ship's captain could save time - enough time to make an additional six trips per year. It has also been known as a body of water made dangerous by shoals and rocks.

Over the last century, a series of lighthouses, lightships, buoys, life saving stations, and Coast Guard stations have been built and operated in this area to aid navigation. Of these, the Point Betsie Light and Life Saving Station, the Glen Haven Life Saving Station, the South Manitou Island Lighthouse, and the Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Northport were the most important.

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