The Manitou Island Light Station is located off the eastern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior. Constructed in 1862, the skeletal tower and keeper's dwelling are among the oldest on the Great Lakes. A modern fog signal building was built in 1930. The lighthouse was automated in the mid-1900s and remains an active Aid to Navigation.
The Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) acquired the Manitou Island Light Station and surrounding 93 acres of land in 2004 as part of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. KLT manages the property as a remote nature area to preserve the island's unique ecosystem. With no native deer or moose, the island's understory is especially thick. The island also serves as a critical stopover point for migrating birds during the spring and fall migrations. Thousands of birds utilize the island as a rest stop before continuing on their journey across Lake Superior.
The lighthouse itself is closed to the public. However, the grounds are open for visitation. A dock lies roughly 2/3 of a mile from the lighthouse to the west along a rough trail through the forest. Do not attempt the crossing from the mainland unless you are a competent boater; strong currents and fast-changing weather have resulted in several emergency rescues in past years as kayakers capsize or boats encounter technical issues in harsh weather.
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