Description: The Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society is working towards the restoration of the structure, which was built in 1870 and used for target practice by the U.S. Navy during World War II.
In 2009, the Waugoshance Lighthouse, deemed excess by the Coast Guard, was offered at no cost to eligible entities, including federal, state, and local agencies, non-profit corporations, and educational organizations under the provisions of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000.
On October 4, 2011, U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced that three Michigan lighthouses, South Haven Pierhead Lighthouse, Middle Island Lighthouse, and Waugoshance Lighthouse, would be transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to local preservation groups. The Waugoshance Lighthouse was awarded to the Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society.
“Michigan’s lighthouses have long been an unmistakable marker of Michigan’s identity,” Levin said. “Although they are no longer used as navigation tools, they are a testament to our state’s maritime history and important sources of tourism. Under the care of these local historical societies, these three lighthouses will be enjoyed by generations of future Michiganians and visitors.”
Located roughly two miles northwest of Waughoshance Island, the western most
island of Wilderness State Park. The lighthouse is owned by the Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society. Tower closed.
The lighthouse is owned by the Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society. Tower closed.
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