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Lighthouses on Lake Huron: Michigan

by Michelle Clark, PassPorter Message Board Guide (Moderator)
Last modified 02-23-2011
  



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My husband is a huge fan of the TV show "Modern Marvels." One of his favorite episodes involves the construction of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan, and he has always wanted to see it in person. Since we live in Georgia, it's not exactly a hop, skip, and jump up there! So we planned a road trip to visit our neighbors up north. I had seen two Great Lakes, so I was excited to add two more to my checklist during our nine-day adventure.


We decided to drive straight up to Bay City, Michigan on the eastern shore of the state, and then follow the shoreline of Lake Huron north via U.S. Highway 23 to Mackinaw City. During my research online I found a map of lighthouses along Lake Huron, along with their addresses on the Michigan website, and decided to add those to our itinerary. (Having the addresses is very helpful as some of them are off the beaten path.) None of the lighthouses were that difficult to find (especially since we had our GPS), and the views were definitely worth it! Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to visit every lighthouse on our route, but the ones we did were unique and beautiful.

Tawas Point Lighthouse, East Tawas, MI: This lighthouse was constructed in 1876 and is located in Tawas Point State Park. Tawas Point is a Victorian-era lighthouse design, with a white tower contrasted by the red brick keeper's quarters. Over the years Tawas Point has extended further into the lake due to reductions in the lake level, leaving the lighthouse too far away from the lake to serve as a proper maritime light. It was therefore closed in 1953 and later transferred to the State of Michigan as a historical structure.

It's a short walk from the parking area to the lighthouse. Park admission is $8 per vehicle for out-of-state visitors, and there is a $2 per person charge to go inside the lighthouse. There's no charge to walk around the grounds, take exterior photos, or visit the gift shop. Bird lovers will find a haven here, as the area is popular for bird watching. There is a small building near the lighthouse with information on recently spotted species. Nearby are a nice covered picnic pavilion, a playground, restrooms, and a boardwalk out to Lake Huron. There's also an outdoor footwash to wash those sandy toes! The state park also has designated areas for boating, fishing, hiking, and swimming.

Tawas Point Lighthouse photo
Tawas Point Lighthouse

Tawas Point Lighthouse, East Tawas, MI, on the coast of Lake Huron - photo by Shell_of_the_South

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse, Harrisville, MI: Sturgeon Point was named for the fish that frequent the waters surrounding this narrow tip of land in Lake Huron. The dangerous reefs near the point required the construction of a lighthouse on the point in 1870. The tower is another stunning example of Victorian-era lighthouse architecture and was operational until 1941.The grounds surrounding the lighthouse include maritime objects such as shipwrecks and anchors. The keeper's house is fully furnished with original and period furnishings. Currently the keeper’s house and grounds are open to the public for free but there is a charge to enter the tower. The lighthouse at Sturgeon Point was my favorite of the three we visited.

Sharing the grounds at Sturgeon Point is the Bailey School, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1907. The school was originally located in nearby Mikado, Michigan, and served students until 1941. In the late 1990s the structure was moved to its current location. The school is fully furnished with the original chalkboard, maps, and school bell. There is no charge to go inside the school, and there’s usually a volunteer stationed inside to answer any questions.

When we visited Sturgeon Point we noticed several people with buckets collecting the small, smooth stones that covered the narrow point. One such collector told us he made jewelry from the polished stones.

Forty Mile Point Lighthouse, Rogers City, MI: This is one of the more unique lighthouses we visited. The keeper’s home is a two-story brick duplex with the tower in between the two units. The structure was built in 1896 and operated for approximately 60 years. There are several structures on the property including a foghorn station, and the grounds are quite attractive and well kept. There is no charge to view the grounds or beaches at Lighthouse Park, but the nautical museum does have an admission fee. Unfortunately, we arrived after the museum had closed for the day, so check with the Lighthouse Society for operating hours ahead of time.

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The two lighthouses I really wished we had time to visit are located at Presque Isle - the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse and  the New Presque Isle Lighthouse Park and Museum. Maybe next time! 



Sturgeon Point Lighthouse photo
Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse, Harrisville, MI, on the coast of Lake Huron - photo by Shell_of_the_South




About the Author:
Michelle Clark is a self-professed thrill ride junkie and the mother of three teens who share in her obsession. Her goal is to experience as many theme parks as possible and stay in every Disney resort before she dies!


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Reader Comments:


Being from Michigan, I just wanted to say thank you to Michelle Clark for writing the article about Lighthouses in Michigan. In the last few years you havent really heard anyone wanting to go to Michigan for vacation. There are many beautiful places Michigan has to offer! Thanks again Michelle for writing the article and bringing attention to a beautiful state.

     goltlokd on February 24, 2011 @ 9:36 am
I totally agree goltlokd . I have lived in Michigan for my entire life, and on Lake Huron for the past 12 years and I am ashamed to say that I haven't been to any of these lighthouses. I am extremely biased, but I think Lake Huron is the prettiest of the Great Lakes, at least the ones I have visited.

     courtines on February 24, 2011 @ 9:40 am
I can't believe you drove right by my house and did not stop and say hello...lol...I live in East Tawas, MI..glad you liked our lighthouse...



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     tawasdave on February 24, 2011 @ 6:22 pm
Thanks for this article. Our homeschooling group has been studing the Great Lakes region. We like saying "Great Lakes States" 5 times really fast, lol

     goofyboysmama on February 24, 2011 @ 10:01 pm
This was a great article it makes me want to visit MI again soon!

     Mgmgal on February 24, 2011 @ 10:05 pm
Thanks everyone!! I have to say that I never considered Michigan as a vacation destination, but after visiting it I really fell in love with it. It's a beautiful state!!

     Shell_of_the_South on March 8, 2011 @ 10:11 am
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