North Manitou Shoal Light

1935

LAKE MICHIGAN LIGHTS

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The lighthouse on North Manitou Island was not enough to mark this dangerous shoal,
so in 1910 a lightship was added offshore by the shoal.
Various lightships, including #56, #89, and #103, served here from 1910 to 1927.
But lightships were expensive to operate and were often moved off their station by storms.
So a permanent light was built on the shoal to replace the 1898 North Manitou Island Light that no longer exists.

LOCATION: In 21 feet of water, S end of shoals, between North Manitou Island and Pyramid Point, E side of Lake Michigan

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1935

CURRENT USE: Active aid to navigation

AUTOMATED: 1980

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Concrete crib

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Steel

TOWER SHAPE: Square on square house --- 60ft. tall

COLOR(S)/MARKINGS/PATTERN: White with black trim and lantern

ORIGINAL LENS: Fourth Order, Fresnel

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: It is said that this light resembles the one at Alcatraz (CA). The only artistic appeal to this light is the diamond-shaped glass panels on the lantern room. North Manitou Island itself is 15,000 acres of undeveloped wilderness.