This update covers the two lighthouses we saw while visiting Mackinac Island. The Round Island Light, also known as the "Old Round Island Point Lighthouse" is a lighthouse located on the west shore of Round Island in the shipping lanes of the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
It was deemed necessary because the island is a significant hazard to navigation in the straits, and was seen as an effective complement to the other lights in the area. Because of its color scheme and form — red stone base and wood tower — it has been likened to an old-fashioned schoolhouse. Ferries regularly pass it on their way to (and from) Mackinac Island, and it is a recognizable icon of the upper Great Lakes.
The second one was the Round Island Passage Light (1948, automated in 1973 ) near Mackinac Island. It is also known as Mackinac Island light. Round Island Passage light and Round Island light. This one is most unusual. I asked about lighthouses when we boarded the ferry and these were the two he told us to look for. There are still more in the area, but you would have to take a special tour to see them. Maybe we will go back and see them the next time we are in Michigan.
We also visited another lighthouse in Mackinaw City. I will be doing a special update on it. Check back later for more from Michigan. We have a couple more days in Mackinaw City before heading south.