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Round Island Lighthouse Open House is July 10th

If you are on Mackinac Island on July 10th, be sure to make the trip to Round Island for a rare opportunity to visit the lighthouse. Free tours will be conducted by Freeland Boy Scout Troop 323 from 10:00am to 4:00pm, weather permitting. The cost for round-trip transportation to Round Island is $10 and the charters will be departing from the Arnold Coal Doc on Mackinac Island. Guests must be at least 8 years old. Transportation to and from Round Island is very challenging for people who have difficulty walking or have physical issues that minimize movement. It is also necessary to transfer between boats and Round Island has rocky shores and pathways. Closed toe shoes are required.

The open house is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, Hiawatha National Forest, Freeland Boy Scout Troop 323 and the Round Island Lighthouse Preservation Society.

I had the chance to visit the lighthouse a few weekends ago and it's worth the effort to visit. The lighthouse tower offers a fantastic view of Mackinac Island, one few people ever get to experience.

To learn more about the open house or to join the preservation society, visit:
http://roundislandlightmichigan.com/openhouse

I videotaped my visit to the lighthouse, so watch for that video in the coming days!

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Comment by Karen Snyder on July 14, 2010 at 8:31am
Thanks for the info. I'll keep that in mind. Maybe instead of just one day, they could break it into a two day event.
Comment by Mike Forrester on July 13, 2010 at 9:15pm
The lighthouse open house is the 2nd Saturday in July each year. This year they had over 200 visitors. The biggest problem the organizers face is insufficient capacity to move people to Round Island and back. They are aware it's an issue and hope to have a solution for 2011. Visiting Round Island is a rare treat and it's obvious a lot of people are interested in making the trip.
Comment by Karen Snyder on July 12, 2010 at 4:08pm
Do you know if this is something they do every year? Planning a big trip next year with our entire family and would like to plan our visit around this event if they do this every year.
Comment by Brenda Coleman on July 6, 2010 at 3:27pm
I will be there!!!
Comment by Karen Lynch on July 5, 2010 at 9:53am
Thanks for the heads up and the details. We plan to check it out.
Comment by Charlie Jansen on July 2, 2010 at 2:37pm
Looks like a lot of fun Mike. Hope we can make it back up. Sorry we missed you in June .... are you still on the Island?
Comment by Bob Caylor on June 29, 2010 at 2:56pm
Wouldn't miss it...will post a couple of photos
Comment by Mary Byberg on June 28, 2010 at 10:56am
oh thats awesome that they are working hard to preserve it! i might be up next week for a week in the u.p. and sneek over to the island but i am still trying to decide if i can do it or not!
Comment by Mike Forrester on June 28, 2010 at 10:54am
Mary, the lighthouse needs extensive renovation on the inside due to vandals and neglect for many years, but the Boy Scouts and Society have worked hard to preserve the structure. It's worth a visit.
Comment by Mary Byberg on June 27, 2010 at 7:36pm
awesome thanks for the post of this mike!

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