St. Helena Island Light
St. Helena Island Light was built in 1873 and was one of 14 lights to help ships pass through the dangerous reefs located in Straits of Mackinac. It stands at 63 feet tall and is still an active navigational light operated by the Coast Guard. The light can be seen almost seven miles away. The island is now the St. Helena Island Nature Preserve, which is owned by the Land Traverse Conservancy, an organization that works to protect northern Michigan's natural areas. The island is open to the public and several education programs are hosted by the Great Lakes Light House Keepers Association (GLLKA). The association has led restoration efforts since 1986, with a lot of help coming from the Boy Scouts. The light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
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