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Name: Waugoshance Light  

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

Location: Waugoshance Shoal, Straits of Mackinac, northern Lake Michigan.

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Managing Organization:
Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 1061
Mackinaw City
Michigan, 49701, United States

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

Earlier Towers?
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 or call 906-632-9746.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: John Herman (c. 1890s, died in service).

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