The poverty Island Lighthouse
The poverty Island Lighthouse Fairport Reviews
The Poverty Island Lighthouse Jun 07, 2008
I thought only Lake Superior turned wild and wicked with stormy seas but while kayaking Lake Michigan from Washington Island, Wisconsin, to Gladstone, Michigan in 1999, I learned otherwise. After nearly two hours of fighting 6 to 8 foot pointy waves from my left side without a rudder, I managed to reach Poverty Island from St. Martin Island. I made a rocky beaching on the uninhabited island and took refuge in the abandoned lighthouse for two days and nights.
I was able to climb into an open upper window where a spring cot provided a fine spot for my sleeping bag. Half of the floor was caved in. Bats whisked inches over my head each night.
On the third day, I repositioned to the leeward side of the island then made a desperate run to Summer Island. On my second evening on that island, whitecaps calmed and I made the short dash into Fairport, Michigan. Half-way home, I aborted my adventure and called a friend for a ride. My second attempt at the 3-day, 67 mile paddle was in 2005 and was successful. I revisited this favorite lighthouse. The Poverty Island Lighthouse is where I gained a great respect for these lifesaving structures, active or not.
Located on the south end of the island, the Poverty Island Lighthouse was built in 1875. In 1957 it was automated. In 1976, the cast iron lantern was removed from the tower and lowered to the ground. During the 1980's the lantern was moved to Escanaba where it sits atop the then-reconstructed Sand Point Light Station.
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