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This lighthouse is situated on South Manitou Island, which is now part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan. One can take a ferry over to the island for a day trip or you can camp overnight. This island encompases 5260 acres, mostly wooded area.

The island is the southernmost island of a group of islands just off of the Michigan mainland, and mark the Manitou passage. This lighthouse is actually the third lighthouse at this point. The previous lighthouse remains and is attached by a walkway (it can be seen peeking out from the trees to the right of the tower). The tower was built 1872 and was discontinued in 1958. It stands 100 feet above the lake. Visitors are now able to take a tour into the lighthouse and view the island from the top observation deck.

We visited the island on a rather rainy morning; luckily the rain subsided, but a little fog remained. In Photoshop, the image was cropped, ran through AutoLevels, sharpened, and framed.

Most of the info from the National Park Service site: http://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/smilighthouse.htm

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