Michigan Lighthouses
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35 Amazing & Unique Michigan Lighthouses to Explore in 2022

Since the Great Lakes are so large, the shorelines are a lot like ocean coasts and pose a danger for ships. Michigan lighthouses line these waterfronts to guide them through rivers and into harbors.

You would probably be surprised to learn how many lighthouses are in Michigan — there are 129 lighthouses in Michigan! This means that Michigan is the state with the most lighthouses in the US – even more lighthouses than Maine!

Of those lighthouses in Michigan, 113 lighthouses are on the Great Lakes, with 44 lighthouses on Lake Michigan.

The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA) has a great map of all the lighthouses in Michigan.

From plain to art deco exteriors, here are some of the most lighthouses in Michigan that you can explore – some of these lighthouses you can even go inside!

Whitefish Point Light Station - by Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Whitefish Point Light Station – by Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Lighthouses on Lake Superior

Rock Harbor Lighthouse

Resting among the pine trees of Isle Royale National Park, Rock Harbor Lighthouse sits at the mouth of Rock Harbor. The white round brick tower is attached to a keeper’s house that has been converted into a museum. You can only access the light via ferry, private boat, or seaplane.

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Located in a harbor in the Upper Peninsula, Copper Harbor Lighthouse consists of dressed stone and brick. The square tower has an attached keeper’s house. You can take a ferry to the 1866 light and explore the historical museum.

Eagle River Lighthouse

Built in 1855, Eagle River Lighthouse was a guide for ships calling to Eagle River port. You can arrange to stay at the lighthouse, which has tons of living space. During your visit, you could explore Eagle River Falls, Keweenaw National Historical Park, and the other historic landmarks on Keweenaw Peninsula.

Sand Hills Lighthouse

Sand Hills Lighthouse is a privately owned property and bed-and-breakfast, so it’s closed to the public. Despite that, you can tour the grounds and tower if you stay at the inn. It was built in 1919 as a warning about the nearby reef. During World War II, the property was used as a training facility for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Big Bay Point Lighthouse

Located northwest of Marquette, this lighthouse serves as a bed and breakfast…which means you don’t only visit it—you sleep in it. There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning to the sound of Lake Superior waves outside your lighthouse window. Marquette is located close by, so if you’re looking for even more adventure on your trip, visit the Black Rocks and jump off thirty-foot cliffs into the frigid waters. With the brightest light on Lake Superior — visible for 20 nautical miles — Big Bay Point Lighthouse continues to aid Coast Guard navigation in the Upper Peninsula. Tours of the 60-foot, square tower are available from June to September, and you can stay at its two-story bed-and-breakfast.

Au Sable Light Station

Within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Au Sable Light Station is 86 feet tall and extends underground for 23 feet, which anchors it to the bedrock. You have to walk for 1.5 miles to access the grounds and tower, which are open for 30- to 40-minute tours during the summer.

Crisp Point Lighthouse

With grounds that are always open to the public, Crisp Point Lighthouse is one of the harder mainland Michigan lighthouses to access. It was built in 1903 and decommissioned in 1993. Because of preservation efforts, it still stands 58 feet tall.

Whitefish Point Light Station

Positioned at a critical turning point for vessels, Whitefish Point Light Station is the oldest operating tower on Lake Superior. The complex of buildings around the light includes the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, where you can learn about the Edmund Fitzgerald ship and more.

Point Iroquois Lighthouse

At the entrance of St. Marys River, Point Iroquois Lighthouse marks the narrow channel for passing sailors. The 65-foot brick tower is open for tours from May to October, but the grounds are always open to the public.

East Channel Lighthouse

This lighthouse is truly unique! Although it is abandoned, it is majestic. During the winter, it is located right next to the world-famous Grand Island Ice Caves. In summer, it is the perfect kayaking and hiking destination. One of the best naps of my life was taken laying in front of the building. I could hear no signs of human life, just nature in its raw unfiltered beauty. The island’s numerous coves and pebble beaches are like a scene from a movie. The best part is that you can explore and know that there will be no crowds, no cars, and no problems.

McGulpin Point Lighthouse - by McGulpin Point Lighthouse
McGulpin Point Lighthouse – by McGulpin Point Lighthouse

Lake Michigan Lighthouses

You can request a free Lake Michigan Lighthouse Driving Tour Map from West Michigan Tourist Association by clicking here.

Beaver Island Harbor Lighthouse

Beaver Island Harbor Lighthouse is different from most lighthouses in Michigan because it’s located in St. James, Beaver Island, 27 miles off the coast of Charlevoix. You can sit at the lighthouse and watch the Emerald Isle Ferry come and go from the harbor filled with the smiles of people visiting the island. Also, located just down the street is the famous Beaver Island Toy Museum, it’s a small shop filled with antiques, beads, toys, jewelry, and an art gallery.

St. Helena Island Light Station

St. Helena Island Light Station in West Michigan was abandoned for years, but the GLLKA has been working to restore it. You can see the 63-foot tower from a distance from St. Ignace, or take a ferry from Mackinaw City to get a closer look. To stay at the lighthouse, apply for the volunteer program.

McGulpin Point Lighthouse

Attracting thousands of visitors every year, McGulpin Point is rich in history. Available are self-guided cellphone tours of the grounds, the Village of Mackinaw City, and Heritage Village. The discovery trail at McGulpin Point Lighthouse talks about these historical grounds. Also, you can stay in the apartment next to the lighthouse.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

Open to the public for tours, Grand Traverse Lighthouse offers an excellent view of Lake Michigan. The keeper program lets you stay at the living quarters on the northern side of the tower. Additionally, there’s a playground at Leelanau State Park and treasure hunts for kids.

Mission Point Lighthouse

For decades, Mission Point Lighthouse has been an icon for Old Mission Peninsula and Traverse City. From May to October and weekends through November, self-guided historical tours are available. The nearby beach, park, and trails are open to the public all year, though. There’s a keeper program too.

South Manitou Island Lighthouse

Another island lighthouse that includes not only a visit but an adventure as well, is the South Manitou Island that is located six miles off the coast of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The only way to the island is by ferry! Whether you’re at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore or on the ferry, you can see South Manitou Island Lighthouse. The 100-foot light station is the island’s most familiar landmark. You can climb the 117-step staircase for a wonderful view of the Manitou Passage, island, and mainland. Most people venture to the island to go camping because there is nothing located on land but a small campground – this includes no fancy bathrooms, restaurants, or luxuries. (Keep this in mind when packing for your visit.) Off the coast of the small island is also a beached shipwreck frozen in time, it’s great for snorkeling and underwater exploring.

Point Betsie Lighthouse

South of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is Point Betsie Lighthouse. A Boathouse Museum, fog signal building, and keeper’s residence are on the property as well. Self-guided and semi-guided tours are available, and you can reserve the keeper’s quarters.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse

From early May to late October, Big Sable Point Lighthouse is open for tours and stays in the keeper’s quarters. At more than 100 feet tall, it’s a major attraction for Ludington State Park. You can reach the lighthouse at the end of a less-than-two-mile trail. It’s an absolutely unreal setting to watch the sunset, and  It’s the perfect place to go and find relaxation and bliss. Did you know Ludington is also home to House of Flavors ice cream? So once you’re finished relaxing, treat yourself to their downtown ice cream shop where our recommendation is the Chocolate Malt Sundae. Yummmm!

Muskegon Lights

There are actually two lighthouses in Muskegon — Muskegon South Pierhead Light and Muskegon South Breakwater Light. Still under Coast Guard management, regular tours of the South Pierhead Light are available over the summer, while you can always walk to the South Breakwater Light.

Grand Haven Lighthouses

Like Muskegon, Grand Haven has two lighthouses. However, both are located on the south pier and painted red. You can walk the lighted catwalk that connects them to Grand Haven State Park and the beach. In addition, the pier is popular for fishing and watching the sunset.

Holland Harbor Light

One of the most well-known lighthouses in West Michigan, Holland Harbor Light is a walk down the boardwalk from Holland State Park. It has been guiding boaters on Lake Michigan for more than a century. Keep in mind that it’s only open to the public a couple of days per week, but taking your photo with Big Red in the background is one of the best things to do in Holland Michigan!

South Haven Light

Sitting at the mouth of the Black River on the South Pier, South Haven Light has been operational since 1872. At about 35 feet tall, it’s a shorter version of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light. Although it’s not the original tower, the catwalk leading to it is original.

Point Betsie Lighthouse - by Point Betsie Lighthouse
Point Betsie Lighthouse – by Point Betsie Lighthouse

Michigan Lighthouses on Lake Huron

DeTour Reef Light

Standing 83 feet, DeTour Reef Light was built in 1931 to guide ships around a dangerous reef near the easternmost point of the Upper Peninsula. Public tours are available on Saturdays between Father’s Day and Labor Day weekends, and the keeper program lets you stay overnight.

Old Mackinac Point Light

Marking where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet, Old Mackinac Point Light helps passing ships navigate the Straits of Mackinac. The light station is open to the public for tours, which include a 15-minute movie about area shipwrecks, several exhibits, and a fog signal whistle demonstration.

Cheboygan River Front Range Light

Cheboygan River Front Range Light guides vessels from Lake Huron to harbors along the river. A keeper program allows volunteers to stay at the light station and open it for tours Thursday through Sunday between Memorial and Labor Days. After that, tours are available on weekends through October.

40 Mile Point Lighthouse

Located in Lighthouse Park, 40 Mile Point Lighthouse was completed in 1896. While the grounds and park are open to the public all year, the pilot house and lighthouse museum are only open for tours between Memorial Day weekend and mid-October. Also, you can join the keeper program.

Presque Isle Lighthouses

Along the northeastern shore of Lake Huron, three historic lighthouses on Presque Isle symbolize the area’s rich maritime history. The Old and New Presque Isle Lighthouses are open for tours. At 113 feet tall, the new light station is one of the tallest that you can climb in Michigan.

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

Since 1869, Sturgeon Point Lighthouse has been navigating vessels along a treacherous section of shoreline. It’s 70 feet, 9 inches tall and open to the public for self-guided tours during the summer. The keeper’s quarters is a maritime museum.

Tawas Point Lighthouse

In Tawas Point State Park, you’ll find a Victorian-era style light station — Tawas Point Lighthouse. Over the years, it has been remodeled several times. Along with delightful Lake Huron sunrises and Tawas Bay sunsets, 45-minute summer tours and a keeper program are available.

Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse

Remotely maintained by the Coast Guard, Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse is one of the 10 oldest Michigan lighthouses. You can climb the tower on various dates, but the museum and gift shop are always open to the public.

Port Austin Lighthouse

Port Austin Lighthouse is located three miles off the coast of Port Austin, so the best way to see it is by kayak or boat. It’s very difficult to access the lighthouse, but if you are able to make your way up a large cement wall, you will find a logbook inside filled with names of other adventurers who have explored it. While you’re out exploring the lighthouse, don’t forget to make a pit stop to see Turnip Rock on your way back to shore – it’s one of Michigan’s most iconic natural wonders.

Fort Gratiot Lighthouse

If you want to visit the oldest erect lighthouse in Michigan, go to Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. The light station and a Coast Guard station watch over the St. Clair River waterway. Weather permitting, 30-minute tours of the tower are available, as is a keeper program.

Presque Isle Lighthouses - by Presque Isle Township Museum Society
Presque Isle Lighthouses – by Presque Isle Township Museum Society

Lighthouses on the Detroit River

Windmill Point Lighthouse

Owned by the Coast Guard, Windmill Point Lighthouse stands in place of a once 30-foot stone windmill. It’s located in the city of Grosse Pointe Park on the shore where Lake St. Clair meets the Detroit River, which flows into Lake Erie. Only the grounds are open to the public.

William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse

On the northeast side of Belle Isle in the Detroit River, William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse is a tribute to William Livingstone, an instrumental figure in Michigan’s maritime history. It’s the only tower in the country made of marble, and only the grounds are open for viewing.

Grosse Ile North Channel Lighthouse

On the largest island in the Detroit River, Grosse Ile North Channel Lighthouse serves mariners who sail around Grosse Ile Township. The best way to see it is by boat because houses block the view from land. At 40 feet tall, the tower is only open for tours the Sunday following Labor Day.

Amazing Photos of Michigan Lighthouses

As mentioned, the list above is only a small sample of the Michigan lighthouses that you can visit or at least photograph from a distance. Did we miss one of your favorites? Share your photos of Michigan lighthouses and tips for exploring the towers with us on social media (@awesomemitten). Tag photos with #mittenlove for a chance to be featured on our social profiles or website!

Frankfort North Pierhead Light
Frankfort North Pierhead Light // photo via @michiganskymedia
Grand Haven Lighthouse
Grand Haven Lighthouse // photo by @chadronald
Cottage at Point Betsie Light
Cottage at Point Betsie Light // photo by @nbhaphotography
Little Sable Point
Little Sable Point // photo via @chadronald
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse // photo via @amandeliini
Big Sable Point
Big Sable Point // photo via @coltons_captures
Crisp Point Lighthouse
Crisp Point Lighthouse // photo via @mark_o_foto

List of Michigan Lighthouses – Past & Present

NameWaterwayLocationBuiltDeactivatedStatus
Alpena LightLake HuronAlpena1877/1914Active
Au Sable LightLake SuperiorBurt Township, Alger County1874Active
Au Sable North Pierhead LightLake HuronAu SableActive
Beaver Island Harbor LightLake MichiganBeaver Island, northern end1856/1870Active
Beaver Island Head LightLake MichiganBeaver Island, southern tip18511962Inactive
Belle Isle LightDetroit RiverBelle IsleDestroyed
Big Bay Point LightLake SuperiorBig Bay18961961–1990Active
Big Sable Point LightLake MichiganLudington1867Active
Bois Blanc LightLake HuronBois Blanc Island18671955Inactive
Caseville Harbor LightLake HuronCasevilleActive
Cedar River LightLake MichiganCedar RiverActive
Charity Island LightLake HuronCharity Island18571939Inactive
Charlevoix South Pier Light StationLake MichiganCharlevoix1914/1948Active
Cheboygan Crib LightLake HuronCheboygan1857/19011984Inactive/Moved
Cheboygan River Front Range LightLake HuronCheboygan1880Active
Clinton River LightLake St. ClairMount Clemens1847Destroyed
Copper Harbor Front Range LightLake SuperiorCopper Harbor1869Active
Copper Harbor LightLake SuperiorCopper Harbor1849/1933Active
Crisp Point LightLake SuperiorMcMillan Township, Luce County19041947Inactive/Museum
DeTour Reef LightLake HuronDe Tour Village1847/1931Active
Detroit River LightLake ErieRockwood1875/1885Active
Eagle Harbor LightLake SuperiorEagle Harbor1851/1871Active
Eagle Harbor Range LightsLake SuperiorEagle Harbor18771911Inactive
Eagle River LightLake SuperiorEagle River1854/18571908Inactive
Ecorse LightDetroit RiverEcorse1895Destroyed
Ecorse Range Rear LightDetroit RiverEcorse1894Destroyed
Fort Gratiot LightLake HuronPort Huron1825/1829Active
Forty Mile Point LightLake HuronRogers Township, Presque Isle County1897Active
Fourteen Foot Shoal LightLake HuronCheboygan County1930Active
Fourteen Mile Point LightLake SuperiorOntonagon18941934Inactive
Frankfort LightLake MichiganFrankfort1873/1932Active
Frankfort South Range LightLake MichiganFrankfortDestroyed
Frying Pan Island LightSt. Marys RiverDe Tour Village1879/1882Active
Gibraltar LightDetroit RiverGibraltar1838/18731879Destroyed
Grand Haven North Pierhead LightLake MichiganGrand HavenActive
Grand Haven South Pierhead Entrance LightLake MichiganGrand Haven1839/1905Active
Grand Haven South Pierhead Inner LightLake MichiganGrand Haven1839/1905Active
Grand Island East Channel LightLake SuperiorMunising18701913Inactive
Grand Island Harbor Rear Range LightLake SuperiorChristmas1868/19141969Inactive
Grand Island North LightLake SuperiorGrand Island1854/18671961Inactive
Grand Marais Range LightsLake SuperiorGrand Marais1895Active
Grand Traverse LightLake MichiganLeelanau Peninsula1852/18581972Inactive/Museum
Granite Island LightLake SuperiorGranite Island1868Active
Grassy Island North Channel Range LightsDetroit RiverGrassy Island1897Destroyed
Grassy Island South Channel Range Lights
(formerly Grassy Island Light)
Detroit RiverGrassy Island1849/1896Destroyed
Gravelly Shoal LightLake HuronSaginaw Bay1939Active
Grays Reef LightLake MichiganBliss Township, Emmet County1891/1936Active
Grosse Ile North Channel Range LightsDetroit RiverGrosse Ile1894/19061963Destroyed/Inactive
Grosse Ile South Channel Range LightsDetroit RiverGrosse IleActive
Gull Rock LightLake SuperiorManitou Island, offshore west1867Active
Harbor Beach LightLake HuronHarbor Beach, Michigan1858/1885Active
Harwood Point East Range Front LightSt. Marys RiverSugar IslandDestroyed
Holland Harbor LightLake MichiganHolland1872/1936Active
Huron Island LightLake SuperiorPowell Township, Marquette County1868/1877Active
Ile Aux Galets LightLake MichiganEmmet County1850/1888Active
Isle Royale LightLake SuperiorIsle Royale1875Active
Kalamazoo River Light
(Saugatuck Light)
Lake MichiganSaugatuck18581914Destroyed
Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance LightLake SuperiorJacobsville1868/1920Active
Keweenaw Waterway Upper Entrance LightLake SuperiorStanton Township, Houghton County1874/1950Active
Lake St. Clair LightLake St. ClairHarsens Island1941Active
Lansing Shoals LightLake MichiganNewton Township, Mackinac County1900/1928Active
Little Sable Point LightLake MichiganGolden Township, Oceana County1874Active
Little Traverse LightLake MichiganHarbor Springs1884/1963Active
Ludington LightLake MichiganLudington1871/1924Active
Mama Juda LightDetroit RiverMamajuda IslandDestroyed
Mama Juda Range Front LightDetroit RiverMamajuda IslandDestroyed
Manistee Main LightLake MichiganManisteeDestroyed
Manistee Pierhead lightsLake MichiganManistee1875/1927Active
Manistique East Breakwater LightLake MichiganManistique1915/1917Active
Manitou Island LightLake SuperiorManitou Island1850/1861Active
Manning Memorial LightLake MichiganEmpire1990Active
Mariners Memorial (River Rouge) LightDetroit RiverRiver Rouge2003[8]Active
Marquette Breakwater Outer LightLake SuperiorMarquette1875/1908Active
Marquette Harbor LightLake SuperiorMarquette1853/1866Active
Martin Reef LightLake HuronClark Township, Mackinac County1927Active
McGulpin Point LightStraits of MackinacWawatam Township, Emmet County1869Active
Mendota (Bete Grise) LightLake SuperiorDelaware1870/18951960–1998Active
Menominee Pier LightLake MichiganMenominee1887/1927Active
Middle Island LightLake HuronAlpena Township, Alpena County1905Active
Middle Lake George LightSt. Marys RiverSugar IslandDestroyed
Miller Memorial LightLake St. ClairSt. Clair ShoresActive
Minneapolis Shoal LightLake HuronBig Bay de Noc1935Active
Mission Point LightLake MichiganOld Mission Point18701933Inactive
Mission Point Light (1933)Lake MichiganOld Mission Point1933Inactive
Monroe Pier LightLake ErieMonroe1849/18841916Destroyed
Munising Front Range LightLake SuperiorMunising1908Active
Munising Rear Range LightLake SuperiorMunising1908Active
Muskegon Breakwater LightLake MichiganMuskegon1851/1871Active
Muskegon Pier LightLake MichiganMuskegon1903Active
Naubinway Island LightLake MichiganNaubinwayActive
New Buffalo LightLake MichiganNew BuffaloDestroyed
North Manitou Island LightLake MichiganNorth Manitou Island18991935Destroyed
North Manitou Shoal LightLake MichiganNorth Manitou Island1935Active
Old Mackinac Point LightStraits of MackinacMackinaw City1889/18921957Inactive
Ontonagon Harbor West Breakwater LightLake SuperiorOntonagonActive
Ontonagon LightLake SuperiorOntonagon1852/18661964Inactive
Passage Island LightLake SuperiorIsle Royale1882Active
Peche Island Rear Range LightLake St. ClairPeche Island, offshore west1908/1983Active
Peninsula Point LightLake MichiganBay de Noc Township, Delta County1856/18661936Inactive
Pentwater North Pierhead LightLake MichiganPentwaterActive
Pipe Island LightSt. Marys RiverDrummond Township, Chippewa County1888Active
Poe Reef LightLake HuronBois Blanc Island, offshore1893/1929Active
Point Betsie LightLake MichiganLake Township, Benzie County1854Active
Point Iroquois LightLake SuperiorBay Mills Township, Chippewa County1855/18711971Inactive
Pointe aux Barques LightLake HuronPort Hope1848/1857Active
Port Austin LightLake HuronPort Austin, offshore1878/1899Active
Port Sanilac LightLake HuronPort Sanilac1886Active
Portage Lake LightLake MichiganPortage Lake1891Destroyed
Portage River (Jacobsville) LightLake SuperiorTorch Lake Township, Houghton County1856/18701920Inactive
Poverty Island LightLake MichiganPoverty Island18741976Inactive
Presque Isle Harbor Breakwater LightLake SuperiorMarquette
Presque Isle Light (new)Lake HuronPresque Isle Township, Presque Isle County1871Active
Presque Isle Light (old)Lake HuronPresque Isle Township, Presque Isle County18401871Inactive/Museum
Rock Harbor LightLake SuperiorRock Harbor18551879Inactive
Rock of Ages LightLake SuperiorWashington Island, offshore1908Active
Rouleau Point Range Front and Rear LightsKeweenaw WaterwayWashington Island, offshore1897/1937Active
Round Island LightStraits of MackinacRound Island18951947–1996Active
Round Island Light (St. Mary’s River)St. Marys RiverRound Island1892Inactive
Round Island Passage LightStraits of MackinacRound Island Channel1947Active
Saginaw Bay LightLake HuronBay City18311876Destroyed
Saginaw River Rear Range LightLake HuronBay City18761962Inactive
Sand Beach North Entrance East LightLake HuronDestroyed
Sand Hills LightLake SuperiorAhmeek19191954Inactive
Sand Point LightLake MichiganEscanaba18671934Inactive/Museum
Sand Point Light (Baraga)Lake SuperiorBaraga18781922Inactive
Seul Choix LightLake MichiganMueller Township, Schoolcraft County1892Active
Six Mile Point Range Rear LightSt. Marys RiverInactive/Moved
South Fox Island LightLake MichiganSouth Fox Island1867/19341969Inactive
South Haven LightLake MichiganSouth Haven1872/1903Active
South Manitou Island LightLake MichiganSouth Manitou Island1839/18721967–2009Active
Spectacle Reef LightLake HuronCheboygan County1874Active
Squaw Point LightLake MichiganDestroyed
Squaw Island LightLake MichiganSquaw Island1892Inactive
St. Clair Flats Front and Rear Range LightLake St. ClairHarsens Island, offshore1859Active
St. Helena Island LightStraits of MackinacSt. Helena Island1873Active
St. Joseph North Pier Inner LightLake MichiganSt. Joseph1832/1906Active
St. Joseph North Pier Outer LightLake MichiganSt. Joseph1832/1906Active
St. Martin Island LightLake MichiganSt. Martin Island1905Inactive
St. Mary’s River Lower Range Front LightSt. Marys RiverDestroyed
Stannard Rock LightLake SuperiorKeweenaw Peninsula, offshore1882Active
Sturgeon Point LightLake HuronHaynes Township, Michigan, Alcona County1869Active
Tawas Point LightLake HuronBaldwin Township, Iosco County1853/18762016Inactive/Museum
Thunder Bay Island LightLake HuronAlpena County1832Active
Tri-Centennial Light of DetroitDetroit RiverDetroitActive
Vidal Shoals Channel Range Front and Rear LightsSt. Marys RiverSault Ste. MarieActive
Wawatam LighthouseLake MichiganEmmet County2006Active
Waugoshance LightLake MichiganEmmet County18511912Inactive
White River LightLake MichiganWhitehall18751960Inactive/Museum
White Shoal LightLake MichiganEmmet County1891/1910Active
Whitefish Point LightLake SuperiorWhitefish Township, Chippewa County1848/1861Active
William Livingstone Memorial LightDetroit RiverBelle Isle1930[9]Active
Windmill Point LightDetroit RiverDetroit1933[10]Active
Windmill Point Range Front and Rear LightsDetroit RiverDetroitDestroyed
Winter Point Range Front LightSt. Marys RiverActive

More to Explore on Michigan’s Shorelines

Did you know that the Upper Peninsula has 44 lighthouses on its shorelines?

In addition to lighthouses, Michigan’s shores on the Great Lakes have beautiful beaches. Take a look at our lists of Lake Michigan beaches and Lake Huron beaches to explore. You could check out beaches along Lake Superior and inland lake beaches and riverfronts, too.

Where are your favorite lighthouses in Michigan? 

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