Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Beaver Island Lighthouse
Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan, located 30 miles off the coast of Charlevoix. It's 13 miles long and 6 miles wide at its fattest point. Population? 550. It swells bigtime in the summer, as it is a huge tourist destination. The Charlevoix Public Schools have owned the lighthouse on the southern tip of the island (0ne of the oldest on the Great Lakes, dating back to 1858) for the past 35 years. They have an alternative school program to provide work experience programs to disadvantaged youth who've restored and maintained this lighthouse! In the summer it is open for climbing and getting an awesome panoramic view of Lake Michigan and the shoreline.