Take State Highway 45 north out of Watersmeet, Michigan. About 5 miles out of Watersmeet, the road will begin a slow bend to the right. Watch for a road on the left side of 45 named ” Robbins Pond Road” which is the old state Highway 45. Turn left on Robbins Pond Road. Follow the gravel road.
ARE THE LIGHTS SPIRIT MANITOU’S?
Steve from Truth or Legend describes his visit to the Paulding light
I’ve been there, it is very cool and very strange! I heard some really neat Native American and shadow people tales while I was up there in regards to what might cause the light to appear. The light comes and goes all night long. It bounces around or sometimes stays in one spot. Every time it pops out it does something totally different. At one point, it actually flew from the side of the trees to the center point where it just kind of pulsated. On close viewing of the video I took of the light, it actually spins around with some sort of outer rim that kind of glows while the middle spins and flashes with blue red a green lights. The light is amazing and there is something rather spooky about it.
We went there two nights in a row in the dead of winter. There were no lights coming from any nearby buildings whatsoever. The second night it got really scary so we left within an hour. I was convinced there were bears ready to pounce on us from in the woods…lol. There was an Indian family that walked down toward the light (middle of winter mind you) to give some sort of offering. They say that if you approach the light, it may choose not to come out again that evening. The Indians say it’s a type of Manitou!
Manitou is a term used to designate the spirits among many Algonquian groups. It refers to the concept of one aspect of the interconnection and balance of nature/life, similar to the East Asian concept of qi; in simpler terms, it can refer to a spirit. This spirit is seen as a (contactable) person as well as a concept.