Lighthouses Open to the Public

  • All the lighthouses and museums listed open to the public, some only by tour. We recommend calling ahead for dates, hours of operation and weather report.
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  • Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse - Mackinaw City

    Look around. This is a setting that has inspired generations. With its impressive buff-colored brick walls, large square tower topped with battlements, and elegant fourth order Fresnel lens, this lighthouse-built in 1892-is a source...

  • Old Presque Isle Lighthouse - Presque Isle

    The Old Presque Isle Lighthouse is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses on the Great Lakes. Built in 1840 by Jeremiah Moors of Detroit, the harbor light operated until 1871 when the keeper transferred to a new, taller, coastal...

  • Ontonagon Lighthouse - Ontonagon

    The Ontonagon Lighthouse, owned by the Ontonagon County Historical Society, is open for guided tours Monday-Saturday throughout the tourism season, and on Sundays or during the off-season by appointment. Tour guides are well-versed in...

  • Peninsula Point Lighthouse - Rapid River

    Built in 1864 to aid sailing ships to avoid dangerous shoals hidden off the channels. The 1 1/2 story brick home was destroyed in 1959 by fire, but the 40 foot light tower is open. Also, a hiking trail through the wooded shoreline...

  • Point Betsie Lighthouse - Frankfort

    This oldest standing structure in Benzie County, built in 1858, marks the all-important entrance to southern end of the Manitou Passage, a once-vital maritime shipping channel. Although the lane is no longer used by large commercial...

  • Point Iroquois Lighthouse - Brimley

    This 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...

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