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25+ Breath-Taking Photos of Michigan Lighthouses in Winter

25+ Breath-Taking Photos of Michigan Lighthouses in Winter

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    Have you ventured out to enjoy any frozen Michigan lighthouses this winter? Exploring Michigan lighthouses in winter is one of the best winter things to do in Michigan, and we’re thankful for so many great Michigan photographers who share their winter lighthouse explorations with us on Instagram!

    There are over 100 lighthouses in Michigan – the most in one state in the nation – which tourists flock to each and every summer. Droves of people visit the resort towns and coastline of Lake Michigan every year during the warmer months. Michigan’s Great Lakes have a lot to offer in the winter as well, especially when it comes to lighthouse and shoreline beauty.

    As we’ve enjoyed exploring these same Michigan lighthouses during the cold winter months (whether in person or through amazing photos of frozen Michigan lighthouses), we’d like to argue that Michigan lighthouses look better in winter.

    Photos of Michigan Lighthouses in Winter

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:South Haven
    South Haven | photo via @irwin.nick

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Pointe Aux Barques
    Pointe Aux Barques | photo via @scottyroddis

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
    Eagle Harbor Lighthouse | photo via @alexis.writes

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Grand Haven
    Grand Haven | photo via @jlep1

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Fort Gratiot Light
    Fort Gratiot Light | photo via @michiganartistprints

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Charlevoix South Pier Light Station
    Charlevoix South Pier Light Station | photo via @megannoblephoto

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Point Betsie
    Point Betsie | photo via @frommichiganwithloveblog

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Little Sable Point
    Little Sable Point | photo via @michiganartistprints

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Frankfort Michigan
    Frankfort Michigan | photo via @d.e.l.photography

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Belle Isle
    Belle Isle | photo via @coltons_captures

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Old Mackinac Point Light
    Old Mackinac Point Light | photo via @megannoblephoto

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Pentwater
    Pentwater | photo via @chadronald

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Muskegon Breakwater Light
    Muskegon Breakwater Light | photo via @irwin.nick

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Harbor Beach
    Harbor Beach | photo via @bhay941

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Grand Haven
    Grand Haven | photo via @michiganartistprints

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Tawas
    Tawas | photo via @travelingmichigan

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Marblehead Lake Erie
    Marblehead Lake Erie | photo via @scottyroddis

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Milliken State Park And Harbor
    Milliken State Park And Harbor | photo via @travelmi

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Marquette Harbor Light
    Marquette Harbor Light | photo via @selectivepotential

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Menominee Light
    Menominee Light | photo via @nature.equals.us

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:New Presque Isle Light
    New Presque Isle Light | photo via @thaddychris

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Sturgeon Point Light
    Sturgeon Point Light | photo via @freshcoast_captures

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Pere Marquette Park
    Pere Marquette Park | photo via @tbonnette007

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Muskegon
    Muskegon | photo via @skeetown_jay

     

    winter lighthouse in Michigan:Mackinaw City
    Mackinaw City | photo via @michiganaddicts

     

    Fewer Crowds at Frozen Lighthouses in Michigan

    One of the perks of exploring frozen lighthouses in Michigan is that the crowds of summer aren’t around. You’ll see mainly the winter in Michigan enthusiasts and Michigan photographers battling the frigid winds coming off the lake, along with large balls of ice, snow drifts, and slippery roads.

    Tips for Michigan Lighthouse Winter Adventures

    Former Awesome Mitten contributor, Aaron Cruz, shared: “I’ve climbed snow piles to reach the South Haven Light and St. Joseph lighthouses on Lake Michigan in the winter. When the easterly winds pick up on these exposed lighthouses, look out! The waves come crashing onto the pier and into the lighthouse, creating ice on everything it touches when temps are far below freezing. Michigan’s coastline that sits on the windy, east side of Lake Michigan is a reason many people, including myself, flock to its lighthouses in winter.”

    During most winters, Aaron suggested visiting early in the season before the lake starts to freeze over, meaning fewer waves, hence less chance of ice on the lighthouses, piers and other surfaces.

    Other Winter Lighthouses in Michigan

    Have you ever visited a Michigan lighthouse in winter? What other Michigan lighthouses do you recommend checking out?

    There are so many great things to do in Michigan in winter, including romantic winter getaways in Michigan and family-friendly Michigan winter destinations to visit!

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