Photographer: Keith Churill

History : To allow the safe passage of vessels into Grand Island Harbor and Munising Bay, one of two beacons were needed. Congress appropriated a total $16,000 in June of 1860 and July of 1866 for construction of these lights. The Secretary of the Treasury authorized one lighthouse to be constructed on the Southeast corner of Grand Island and one lighthouse on the mainland for the West passage.

A wood framed keepers dwelling with an attached, square, wood tower was constructed. This light was first lit in 1870 and operated until 1913 when the Munising range lights went into operation. George Pryor is one of the last known keeper's to serve at this station.

Currently the lighthouse has undergone partial restoration and sees two or three of the large "Lakers" pass by in the East Channel each year.

Grand Island East Channel

Grand Island, Michigan

Built:  1870 

Construction: Square / Integral wood

Status: Inactive

Location: Grand Island, MI. (Munising)

Access: Ferry to Grand Island

Photographer: Rob Downs

Photographer: Tom Woodruff     (July 2008)

Photographer: Keith Churill     (June 2008)


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