Manitou Passage

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Manitou Passage is a navigable Lake Michigan waterway separating North and South Manitou Island from mainland Michigan.[1][2] The passage—used by deep-draft lake freighters—is located in Leelanau County and is within the Manitou Passage Underwater Preserve.

John F. Kennedy's president yacht S/Y Manitou was named after Manitou Passage.[3]


  1. ^ "Manitou Passage". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1980-04-14. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  2. ^ "11: Lake Michigan". United States Coast Pilot 6: Great Lakes: Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior, and St. Lawrence River (43rd ed.). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service. 2013. p. 323. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  3. ^ "John F. Kennedy Fast Facts: Manitou (Boat)". John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved 2013-11-26.

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Coordinates: 44°59′18″N 85°58′26″W / 44.98833°N 85.97389°W / 44.98833; -85.97389