Point Betsie Lighthouse

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This oldest standing structure in Benzie County, built in 1858, marks the all-important entrance to southern end of the Manitou Passage, a once-vital maritime shipping channel. .

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This oldest standing structure in Benzie County, built in 1858, marks the all-important entrance to southern end of the Manitou Passage, a once-vital maritime shipping channel. Although the lane is no longer used by large commercial vessels, the operating light signal remains a US Coast Guard aid to navigation to this day, and the site shines as a treasured landmark to mariners and landlubbers alike. Because the USCG automated the light in 1983 and subsequently vacated the buildings in 1996, by 2004 it was possible to transfer title to Benzie County who, in turn, leased the site to the all-volunteer organization, Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse, Inc. In a strong partnership, the County and the Friends have set about renovating the deteriorating buildings. By 2006, they had completed a nearly $1 M exterior restoration phase. Further work continues on a barrier-free access, the Fog/Signal structure, and the interiors of both major buildings. The site has been open for tours and gift shopping, primarily on weekends from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, since 2002. The public beach adjacent to the site is easily accessed, although roadside parking is problematic and there are no public facilities available until reaching Frankfort, 4 mi south, or Platte River, 8 mi north, on M-22. Assistant Lightkeepers Quarter is now available for weekly rentals in season.

Point Betsie Lighthouse Web Site

Contact Information

Address

3071 Pt. Betsie Road

4 mi North of Frankfort

Frankfort, MI 49635

Driving Directions

Phone: (231) 352-7666

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Frankfort Weather

Now
P/SUNNY
74°F
P/SUNNY, humidity 71%, barometer 29.66,
wind 8 mph SW
Monday
An a.m. t-storm in spots, then t-storms
77°F | 59°F
An a.m. t-storm in spots, then t-storms
Tuesday
Clouds and sun, pleasant and less humid
74°F | 57°F
Clouds and sun, pleasant and less humid
Wednesday
Partly sunny and pleasant
78°F | 64°F
Partly sunny and pleasant
Thursday
Some sun with a shower or t-storm; warm
80°F | 63°F
Some sun with a shower or t-storm; warm
Friday
Cloudy with a thunderstorm or two
71°F | 53°F
Cloudy with a thunderstorm or two

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