From the air, it looks just like a giant green leech floating on top of the water...but it's South Fox Island. Upon this island lies the burial ground of the Grand Traverse Band of Native Americans, and unless you know where you're going, it's a tough graveyard to find.

South Fox Island doesn’t seem to get as much attention as North Fox Island, even though it’s larger. The island is five miles long with only one-third owned by the State of Michigan; the rest has been taken over by a private owner.

Just about the only way you can get here is by boat, or by the owner’s private airstrip. There are no ferries, no fuel service, and no boat shelter...also no docks, so good luck docking your boat.

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South Fox has two lighthouses; one which was built in 1867 at a cost of $18,000 and a second, skeletal tower that was transported here from Georgia in 1934; the original lighthouse was then de-activated. The original has a keeper’s house and a second that was constructed in 1898 for an assistant keeper.

In 1880 the lighthouse keeper decided to build a fence as a way to squelch the sand and snow from drifting, thanks to the high lake winds. In 1892, wooden walkways were added for easier access.

Both lighthouses still stand, with walkways leading up to them – it is a highlight for anyone who is able to make it over to the island. The second, skeletal tower became automated in 1958 and it was finally put out of use in 1969.

There are seemingly endless private beaches, huge sand dunes, and even some visible underwater shipwrecks. Deer did not exist on South Fox Island until 1915 when they were brought over.....and yes, hunting is allowed, but only on the state-owned property.
Have a look at the gallery below...

South Fox Island


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