Please note that the maps and plans below are
not intended for navigational or constructional use.
There are no scales given, because the actual
size of these maps depends on the size of your monitor and / or
Please refer to the scale rulers to get a clue
Elevations, where given, are in feet above the
average level of Lake Michigan, as recorded 1918 to 2010 (578.8
They are not above the nautical chart datum (Low Water
Datum) of 577.5 FASL.
Elevations that include inches usually
have an accuracy in the range of + / - 1 inch.
Map of the
Grand Traverse Area
(South Fox Island is in the upper left part.)
Top of page
of the Light Station
This is the 3rd, revised edition, issued in May 2013,
based on a thorough survey in 2009 and 2010,
with many improvements,
e.g. much more accurate contour lines and elevations (partly down
to one inch), sites of
most former storage sheds of which there
are only a few rotting beams left, and updated edges of wooded areas.
For a printable and zoomable .pdf file (1.7 MB)
If you need a high resolution version in .jpg
format (2.0 MB), please click here.
Just scroll around.
Yes, Old Glory does have 50 stars and 13 stripes. Go and look.
To see the Proposed Site Plan from the
designed by Ken Czapski, please click here.
note that it's a proposal for the future and does not reflect current
By the way, Google Maps (where you may have to switch
to Satellite view in the upper right corner
of the map display)
as well as Google Earth now have a new on-line representation of
South Fox Island,
with fairly decent resolution, based on a
satellite photo shot on May 13, 2012. You can even see the
tracks in front of the Boat House and the little vent on top of
the Oil House. Not bad!
The picture is not only much more detailed; Google
also corrected a mistake that I had pointed out
years ago: All the old official light station plans and also Google
had always showed the Boat
House and the walkway from there
to the dock in accurate west-east orientation, which I deemed wrong
(see the plan above). And wrong it was. The new Google representation
corrected the orientation.
We are amateurs on a tight budget, they are professionals
with almost unlimited financial and technical
we did a better job. Now how's that?
Incidentally, if you compare that shot with our
plans, please keep in mind that the satellite photo was
shot directly from above (clearly visible when you look at the 1934
Skeleton Tower on Google), so there are
some distortions due
to varying elevation. An elevation of 10 ft corresponds to a shift
to the west by 6' 7". And
many greenish spots in the dunes
are just shrubbery, while our plans only show plants that are at
least 6 - 8 ft tall.
Top of page
of the entire Light Station Property
including the dune area and the boundary line
at the northern end of the State land.
For a printable .pdf file (820 KB) please click here.
This plan clearly shows the earth bars in the
two depression areas of the dunes. Quite obvioulsy
of agricultural origin. Does anyone know details? Please let us
By the way, in many documents, the workshop is
called "carpenter's shop", in a few it is a
shop". According to the interior, as abandoned in 1959 and
assessed in 2006 / 2007, it
clearly was mainly a paint shop,
most likely also used for some carpentry work and mechanical
repairs. To avoid confusion, the FILA plans call it a workshop,
so nothing can go wrong.
Is there anybody who has old photos of the interior
of the workshop, pictures that show how it
was used? Please
Other interesting questions can be found in our
Mystery section. Please
to have a look at it.
All maps designed by Hans Joerg