A boardwalk extends to the base of the lighthouse which is not open to the public. Interpretive signs explain how railcars crossed the Strait of Mackinaw on a 338 foot ferry capable of carrying 28 railcars. After viewing the lighthouse follow the boardwalk north along the shoreline where there are more interpretive signs on the history of St. Ignace.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Wawatam Lighthouse & Huron Boardwalk
The Wawatam Lighthouse was built as a functional lighthouse to attract attention to a Michigan welcome center on Interstate 75. When the center was remodeled the lighthouse wasn’t part of the plan so the city of St. Ignace bought it and reassembled it at the end of the old railroad pier. In 2006, after being certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, it became a working lighthouse.
The boardwalk is accessible. It’s not in the best condition and navigating across parking lots is necessary in several spots.