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the light in 1983 and subsequently vacated the buildings in 1996, by 2004 it was possible to transfer title to Benzie County who, in turn, leased the site
to the all-volunteer organization, The site has been open for tours and gift shopping, primarily on weekends
from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, since 2002.
3701 Pt. Betsie Road
4 Mi North of Frankfort
Frankfort, MI 49635
Reservations: (231) 651-0862
Phone: (231) 352-7666 info@pointbetsie.org
Point Iroquois Lighthouse was first illuminated in 1857 and it’s fourth order Fresnel lens shone over one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world from the entrance to the St. Mary’s River and the Soo Locks. The 65 ft. tower is open to the public during certain viewing hours or from top of the sandy shoreline.
12942 West Lakeshore Drive Brimley, MI 49715
(906) 437-5272 ninelakes@yahoo.com
Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse is one of the few lighthouses that are still in operation today on the Great Lakes. It was built in 1857 under President Polk’s orders to guard ships from some of the most treacherous shoals in the Great Lakes. The lighthouse is 89 feet tall with 103 cast iron steps to the top. It is owned and operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and was automated in 1957. The lighthouse has a flashing white light that shines 18 miles out over Lake Huron.
It is a warning that the area contains shallow waters that can be a hazard, and it also marks the entrance into Saginaw Bay. The keeper’s residence is now a museum. Tours are available Memorial Day until end of September. Call to set up your tour.
7320 Lighthouse Road
PO Box 97
Port Hope, MI 48468
(989) 428-4749 president@pointeauxbarqueslighthouse.org
Rock Harbor Light was established in 1855 and the tower was constructed in 1855, this light is made of brick / stone and has a white with black lantern. It was deactivated in 1879. Self guided tours and the tower is
open daily during the summer months. Isle Royale National Park
Isle Royale, MI 49921
(906) 482-0984
Sand Hills Lighthouse and Inn is located on the Keweenaw Peninsula of the U.P. The romantic Victorian Inn has eight lovely rooms, all with private baths and is widely known for its warm gracious hospitality and gourmet breakfasts. The Inn offers one daily lighthouse tour. Five Mile Point Road
PO Box 298 Ahmeek, MI 49901 (906) 337-1744
Sand Point Lighthouse was established in 1867 by the National Lighthouse Service. Sand Point’s
light has guided ships through squalls and shoals throughout its colorful history. A fire in 1886 destroyed the structure, but the lighthouse was rebuilt and served the sailing public until its decommissioning by the Coast Guard in 1939. Today an electronic club light guides boats into the harbor, and the lighthouse has been restored as a maritime museum.
16 Water Plant Road
Escanaba, MI 49829
(906) 789-6790
Seul Choix Point Lighthouse is
a conical brick light tower that was originally built in 1895 at a cost of $18,500, it stands at 78’9”. It produces a lens focal plane 80’ above the mean low water level of Lake Michigan. The
tower is surmounted by a 10-sided cast iron lantern. The lantern originally held a third order Fresnal lens, but is now fitted with a modern airport beacon lens. Tower tours are available and visitors are welcome to enjoy the surrounding grounds, which includes a picnic area, walking paths, and public boat launch.
905 S Seul Choix Pointe Road Gulliver, MI 49840
(906) 283-3183 ninelakes@yahoo.com
South Manitou Island Light
is located in Leelanau county, southeast of south Manitou islands. Strategically located off the mainland coast of Michigan, the Manitou Islands formed the western side of what was known as the “Manitou Passage.”
By traveling through this passage, vessels were able to reduce the distance between ports on the southern shores into the Straits of Mackinac by sixty miles, as compared to the trip around the islands on the lakeside.
PO Box 277
South Manitou Island, MI (231) 256-9061
St. Helena Island Lighthouse
was built in 1873 and it was automated in 1923. In 1986 the
Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association along with local Boy Scout troops started preservation. This lighthouse is a constant reminder of the many small vessels that took refuge in the natural harbor on the north side of St. Helena Island.
St. Helena Island
Saint Ignace, MI 49781 (231) 436-5580
Sturgeon Point Lighthouse is located five miles north of Harrisville on Lake Huron and was completed in November 1870. The tower is 70 feet,
9 inches tall and is 16 feet in diameter at its base. The light is 3.5 order Fresnel lens made in Paris, France. The light
is still maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The keeper’s house is now a maritime museum which is open to
the public from Memorial Day to mid-September. The lighthouse tower is open to the public. The grounds are open all year.
6071 E Point Road Harrisville, MI 48740 (989) 724-6297 lklemens@ymail.com
In operation since 1876, Tawas Point Lighthouse is a fascinating attraction for maritime buffs. Tawas Point is a destination for birdwatchers; it also offers spectacular views of sunrises over Lake Huron and sunsets over Tawas Bay. Tour times are
12-6 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day, excluding Tuesdays.
The lightkeeper quarters is available for your dream destination.
686 Tawas Beach Road
East Tawas, MI 48730 Reservations: (800) 447-2757 Phone: (989) 362-5041
White River Light Station Museum is a vintage 1875 lighthouse now used as a museum which offers the opportunity to see what life used to be like around the great lakes.
It features photos, paintings, artifacts, and newspaper articles about the lighthouse, shipping, and lumbering. Open six days a week May - October 10am-5pm. Closed on Mondays. Admission $5 for Adults and $2
for children 12 and under.
6199 Murray Road
Whitehall, MI 49461
(231) 894-8265 curator@whiteriverlightstation.org
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