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Name: White Shoal Light (MI)  

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Nearest Town or City:
Mackinaw City, Michigan, United States

Location: West of Straits of Mackinac, Lake Michigan.

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Photo: Jaque Styles
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Managing Organization:
White Shoal Light Historical Preservation Society


This lighthouse replaced a lightship that had been in the area since 1891. Its red and white "barber pole" design is unique in American lighthouses. The tower was repainted by the Coast Guard in the summer of 2000. Under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act the lighthouse was sold into private ownership in 2015. It is now cared for by the White Shoal Light Historical Preservation Society.

Tower Height: 121

Height of Focal Plane: 125

Description of Tower: Conical steel and terra cotta tower (lined with brick), with white and red spiraling stripes, and red lantern.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1910

Date Present Tower Built: 1910

Date Automated: 1976

Optics: 1910: Second order Fresnel lens (now at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point); now 190 mm.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Accessible by boat only. It can be seen from tours offered by Mackinac Seaplane Tours -- see or call 906-632-9746.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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