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South Manitou Island, Lake Michigan

 

South Manitou Island was once inhabited, but is now part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.Itís natural harbor made it a popular stop for old steamships looking for fuel (wood).The island is good for hiking and has several abandoned farms, a schoolhouse and a cemetery.Landlubbers can come here by ferry from Leland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approaching South Manitou from the northwest

 

 

 

 

Relaxing in the horeshoe-shaped anchorage

 

 

 

 

 

Crew posing on the shore

 

 

 

Our inflatable, with Voyageur in the background

 

 

 

South Manitou lighthouse

 

 

 

 

This restored tower marks the intersection of the two main dirt roads on the island

 

 

Old schoolhouse

 

 

 

Getting a drink from the well

 

 

 

Abandoned farm equipment

 

 

Abandoned farm buildings

 

 

 

Exploring the old farms

 

 

 

The foundation of an old barn

 

 

 

Hiking inland

 

 

 

 

Giant Cedar Forest

 

 

 

 

A rainbow rewards a wet arrival

 

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