Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society
Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 1061
This lighthouse was replaced by White Shoal Light; it has been abandoned since 1912. This is considered one of the most endangered of all Great Lakes lighthouses. The Coast Guard has authorized the Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society to raise the funds to secure the presently standing structure while a long term lease is drawn up, giving the Society temporary ownership for the restoration process. The lighthouse is said to be haunted by the ghost of Keeper John Herman, who either fell or jumped from the lighthouse to his death in 1894.
Tower Height: 76
Description of Tower: Conical brick tower.
Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.
This light is not operational
1832: Lightship was stationed near present lighthouse site.
Date Established: 1851
Date Present Tower Built: 1851
Date Deactivated: 1910
Optics: 185?: Fifth order Fresnel lens (removed).
Fog Signal: 1883: Fog bell, later steam whistle.
Current Use: Abandoned.
Open To Public? No.
Accessible by boat only. The lighthouse can be seen from tours offered by Mackinac Seaplane Tours -- see www.mackinacseaplanes.com or call 906-632-9746.
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
Keepers: John Herman (c. 1890s, died in service).