The lighthouse was named to note that the lake was only 14 feet deep at this point, which is a hazard to navigation, ships, and mariners.

While a private vessel is undoubtedly the best way to obtain close-up views of this Light, Sheplers Ferry Service out of Mackinaw City offers a number of lighthouse cruises during the summer season, and their "Eastbound Tour" includes passes by Round Island, Bois Blanc Island, Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal.