The South Manitou Lighthouse is an interesting feature on the island. The iconic 104 foot lighthouse is strategically located on the heavily trafficked Manitou Passage on the 300 mile eastern route from Chicago to Mackinaw. It identified both the passage and the most frequently used refuge on the Great Lakes. It was active from 1871 to 1958. This historic beacon to shelter, commerce and growth had been dark for almost 50 years. The light has since been “re-lit”.
Tours are available on South Manitou Daily. See a deckhand or a ranger to find out more.
Take a hike up the 104 foot tower to see the awe-inspiring sites.