Lighthouses of Michigan’s Great Lakes

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Lighthouses have long been a sight-seers dream, and Michigan is certainly no stranger to these magnificent structures along our Great Lakes shore lines that have served as beacons of safety for the seaman of Great Lake freighters from the past and the present. The State of Michigan acts as a host to a total of 106 lighthouses. This article covers just some of the most notable and easily accessible lighthouses.

Lighthouses Located On The Lake Superior Shoreline

Au Sable Point Lighthouse

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI 49862.

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Located near the grounds of the Fort Wilkins State Park, Copper Harbor, Ml 49918 on the Keweenaw Peninsula. A ferry-boat journey from the local marina is required to reach this particular lighthouse.

Crisp Point Lighthouse

For what little is left remains for the exception of the tower, the Crisp Point Lighthouse can be discovered north of Newberry on M-123, then off of CR-500 to CR-412 to the Lighthouse. It’s an extreme gravel road-ride through remote wilderness. Come prepared.

DeTour Reef Lighthouse

Located 1 mile off-shore at the mouth of the St. Mary’s River in northern Lake Huron, between DeTour Village and Drummond Island in the furthest portion of the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Eagle Harbor Light Station

For the paranormal enthusiasts the Eagle Harbor Station is a major haunted lighthouse according to a former resident that was driven by fear from the light station. Eagle Harbor, MI 49950 on the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Marquette Harbor Lighthouse

Located right on Marquette Michigan’s Lower Harbor. Marquette, MI.

Ontonagon Lighthouse

422 River Street. Ontonagon, MI 49953.

Point Iroquois Lighthouse

Bay Mills Township, Hiawatha National Forest, Sault Ste. Marie MI.

Sand Hills Lighthouse

Has recently been converted to a B&B, and can be found at Five Mile Point Road. Ahmeek, Ml 49901.

Whitefish Point Light

110 Whitefish Point Road. Paradise, MI 49768.

Lighthouses Located On The Lake Michigan Shoreline

Naubinway Island Lighthouse

Is only accessible by boat and is on a small island about 1 mile offshore in Lake Michigan.

Seul Choix Lighthouse

Is yet another alleged haunted lighthouse it can be found at: RR 1, Box 79. Gulliver, MI 49840.

Manistique East Breakwater Light

On the end of the breakwater at the east end of the harbor where the Manistique River flows into Lake Michigan.

Peninsula Point Lighthouse

Within the Hiawatha National Forest at the southern tip of the Stonington Peninsula.

Sand Point Lighthouse

Ludington Park, Escanaba, MI, P.O. Box 1776. Escanaba, Michigan 49829.

Cedar River Lighthouse

At the mouth of the Cedar River.

Menominee North Pierhead Light

Marinette, WI & Menominee, MI

Peshtigo Reef Lighthouse

Can be found 10 miles south of Marinette at the mouth of the Peshtigo River. The Lighthouse is 3 miles offshore on a very dangerous lake reef and can only be seen by ship.

Sources: Upper Peninsula Outdoors Explorer – Ray Anthony


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