Wisconsin and Michigan Waterways

It’s not that Minnesota lacks water, but roam a bit farther afield to Wisconsin and Michigan to experience miles of shoreline and shoals of scenery—lighthouses, bridges, and sand. Acres and cubic yards of sand, in fact, stretch horizontally and vertically in Warren Dunes State Park in Sawyer, Michigan. All along the hundreds miles of potentially-ship-breaking rocky shores are myriad lighthouses—some monuments to their time, others still in service.

Grays Reef, near Mackinac Island, Michigan. Warren Dunes State Park, Sawyer, Michigan. Photos by E.B. Boatner

Powered by oil lamps with wicks, original Fresnel lenses in seven sizes, by refraction of their circular prisms, projected a narrow, bright beam up to 16 miles and beyond. Tour romantic Door County, Wisconsin; Mackinac Island and the great Mackinac Bridge in Michigan, plus the surrounding area dotted with lighthouses and beacons; and Southern Michigan shores and beaches.

When not dining, shopping, or biking local trails, launch forth into another world: the maritime realm of the Great Lakes majestic waterway getaways.

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