North Manitou Light Keepers

North Manitou Light Keepers (NMLK) is a team of stewards dedicated to rehabilitating, maintaining, and appreciating the North Manitou Shoal Light. This offshore lighthouse, known locally as “The Crib,” is an important piece of Lake Michigan maritime history. The lighthouse was completed in 1935 to mark the shoal off the southern tip of North Manitou Island for ships navigating the Manitou Passage. In 1980 the light and fog signal were automated and remain an active aid to navigation maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. NMLK purchased the structure in 2016 to stop further deterioration, restore it to its former glory, and make it available to the public for viewing and appreciation. Visit our website to learn more about the lighthouse rehabilitation, and/or how to be a part of our mission!