Round Island Lighthouse and State Historic Marker
Round Island Passage Light (1948, automated in 1973) also known as
Mackinac Island light.
Some signs seem out of place in the off season
Round Island Light (1895, automated in 1924, deactivated from 1947-1996)
Canada Geese with the Mackinac Bridge faint visible on the horizon
(prints of this photo Waiting
The Round Island and Round Island Passage Lights are only
about 600 yards apart and Great Lakes freighters in route between Lake
Michigan and Lake Superior pass between them.
The self unloading bulk freighter John G. Munson passed
through the Round Island passage while I took photos. There is a narrow
channel between the base of the breakwater and the shore, and as the freighter
passed, the water rushed rapidly through in one direction and then back
in the opposite direction.
It is surprising how much of the noise on the boat carries
over the water to shore.
(Prints of this photo Moving
Through the Straits)
John G. Munson (built in 1952, 768') up bound toward Lake Superior
from Lake Michigan.
John G. Munson passing Round Island Lighthouse
Once the freighter had passed, I turned around to take
photos of the Mackinac Island harbor from the foot ot the breakwater. This
is a view that most people do not take in and I think it gives a different
impression of the small Mackinac Island community.
That strip of open water is where the water rushed through as the freighter
The Hotel Iroquois was originally built as a home by island blacksmith
Robert Benjamin in 1900.
Across the Mackinac Island harbor
Ste. Anne's Catholic Church moved to this "new" building in 1875. (prints
& cards of this photo)
other trip reports
LS-3/14 Copyright 2008-2022 by Keith
Stokes. These photos may not be reproduced without
written permission. .