After years of dreaming up tours of the North Manitou Shoal Light, it is finally becoming a reality. Thanks to the North Manitou Light Keepers, visitors can now take a 2 to 3-hour tour from Leland to the deck of the light to explore. Learn more about the tour plans and how you can explore the North Manitou Shoal Light for yourself this summer.
Dan Oginsky, president of the North Manitou Light Keepers Board of Directors, says with the first phase of renovations completed, the light—located in the shallow waters between the Leelanau Peninsula and North Manitou Island— is now largely protected from the elements and safe to visit.
As of April, when this story was reported, public tours were slated to begin in June and run through Labor Day, but details were not yet finalized. Oginsky said Crib tours would likely run 2–3 hours, departing by boat from Leland. Upon reaching the lighthouse, participants would be able to climb a ladder (with a safety harness) onto the deck of the light and explore.
Tours will be available first to North Manitou Light Keepers members. Updates and info on how to become a member can be found on the North Manitou Light Keepers website.
Find this article and more in the June 2021 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine; or subscribe and get Traverse delivered to your door each month.