Round Island Light

1895

LAKE HURON LIGHTS

Library of Congress PHOTO
(1899)
Library of Congress PHOTO
(view of Mackinac Island from Round Island, 1899)
USCG PHOTO

LIGHTHOUSES OF MICHIGAN

This light was built so that ships could use the channel between Mackinac Island and Round Island, rather than the longer route between Bois Blanc Island and the mainland.  Because of its picturesque beauty and proximity to Mackinac Island, this light is probably the most photographed lighthouse in Michigan.  The Round Island Lighthouse was featured in the 1982 movie Somewhere In Time.

LOCATION: On Round Island near Mackinac Island, Straits of Mackinac, NW end of Lake Huron

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1895

CURRENT USE: Restored as an active aid in 1996, with grounds only being open to the public

AUTOMATED: 1924

DEACTIVATED: 1947-1996 --- replaced by the Round Island Passage Light
It was transferred to the US Forest Service in 1957 and is part of Hiawatha National Forest.

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Concrete Pier

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Brick

TOWER SHAPE: Square integral --- 53ft. tall

COLOR(S)/MARKINGS/PATTERN: Red and white with black lantern

ORIGINAL LENS: Fourth Order, Fresnel 1895 / Current: modern 300mm solar-powered light

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: After this light was deactivated, it became one of the most endangered lights on the Great Lakes.  In the 1970's, government agencies and local citizens worked together to restore the exterior of the light.  In 1995 Boy Scout Troop #323 from Freeland and the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association completely restored the interior of this light.