Point Betsie Lighthouse

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    Point Betsie, located four miles north of Frankfort on M-22, marks the southern entrance to the Manitou Passage, and has been a lighthouse here since 1858. The current structure was the last manned lighthouse on this side of Lake Michigan, and was not automated until 1983. Due to its bright color scheme and its scenic location at the very edge of the surf, it is said to be the second most-photographed lighthouse in the United States and is a favorite place for watching sunsets. Still in operation as an automated light, it is being cared for by a nonprofit group, the Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse, and is open for tours. The lighthouse just underwent a $1 million exterior renovation, and the group is now fundraising for interior restoration. The lighthouse is open on weekends from Memorial Day through Columbus Day, Saturdays from 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM and Sundays from 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM. During July and August, the lighthouse is also open on Fridays from 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Admission: $2 for Adults, $1 for Children.