I worked as a tour guide for two summers at the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Oregon. This opportunity enabled me to learn more about this lighthouse than any of the others I've seen. Although I have personally visited 302 lighthouses in the United States and three Provinces in Canada, the Umpqua River Lighthouse has special meaning for me.
The Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse is located on Lake Michigan at Manistee, MI. It marks the entrance to the Manistee River. The first light was lit in 1875, but since then several lights have been built and replaced before this one was built. This cylindrical tower stands 39 feet tall and the light can be seen for 15 miles out on the lake. The original lens was a fifth order Fresnel. The light was automated in 1927. At the time of my visit in 1998, this lighthouse was one of only four lighthouses with a Catwalk that remained in MI.