Online Auction for Lake Michigan Lighthouse

The Skillagalee Island lighthouse in 2012
The Skillagalee Island lighthouse in 2012

SKILLAGALEE ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — A lighthouse constructed in 1888 on an island in Lake Michigan is up for sale to the highest bidder.

The Petoskey News-Review reports that an online auction started July 1 for the Isle Aux Galets lighthouse on Skillagalee Island.

The active lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and is being sold through the U.S. General Services Administration. The new owners will be required to maintain the light following government standards for treating historic properties.

Skillagalee Island is about eight miles offshore of Cross Village in northern Michigan’s Emmet County.

General Services Administration spokeswoman Catherine Langel says “Isle Aux Galets is available for sale because advancements in navigation technology have reduced the Coast Guard’s requirement to own and operate houses.”

No auction closing date has been announced.

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