Round Island Light

Round Island, Michigan

This light is inactive, but remains the most-viewed light on the Great Lakes. Why? Every day thousands of tourists zoom past Round Island on the ferries that run continuously from Mackinaw City and St. Ignaces on their way to the fabled Mackinac Island.

The ferries are modern hydroplane wonders that race across the 9 miles of water in about 15 minutes. Ironically, once you arrive on the island, you must take a horse-drawn taxi to your hotel, as motorized vehicles are banned from Mackinac Island.

Originally built in 1895, Round Island Light was abandoned in the 1940's and nearly succumbed to neglect, high lake waters, and erosion. In the 1970's a restoration project saved the light, which has become a symbol of Mackinac Island.