Old Presque Isle Lighthouse

Old Presque Isle Lighthouse

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 lighthouse a mile to the north. The Old Presque Isle Lighthouse park is a complex composed of two main structures, a keepers dwelling and a light tower. The stone and brick tower measures thirty feet tall and eighteen feet in diameter. Visitors can climb the hand-hewn stone steps for a panoramic view of the Lake Huron shoreline and Presque Isle Harbor. Nearby is the one-story side-gabled brick keeper’s dwelling which serves as a hands-on museum. Here, visitors can blow foghorns and examine other interesting artifacts. They can also ring the bell from the Lansing City Hall clock tower. Tipping the scales at an impressive 3,425 pounds, this bronze behemoth is much bigger than the Liberty Bell, which weighed 2,080 pounds when cast. Visitors may also pose for the perfect photo opportunity with head and hands in an old set of punishment stocks. The buildings and park grounds are open to the public daily, from 9am until 6pm, mid-May through mid-October. A nominal fee is charged for tower climbs.

Old Presque Isle Lighthouse Web Site

Contact Information

Address

5295 E. Grand Lake Rd.

Presque Isle, MI 49777

Driving Directions

Phone: (989) 595-6979

Location of Old Presque Isle Lighthouse

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Presque Isle Weather

Now
CLOUDY
36°F
CLOUDY, humidity 82%, barometer 29.82,
wind 15 mph WNW
Monday
An a.m. flurry; otherwise, partly sunny
40°F | 24°F
An a.m. flurry; otherwise, partly sunny
Tuesday
Rather cloudy
35°F | 24°F
Rather cloudy
Wednesday
Some sun, then turning cloudy and milder
48°F | 39°F
Some sun, then turning cloudy and milder
Thursday
Clouds giving way to some sun
57°F | 31°F
Clouds giving way to some sun
Friday
Partly sunny and colder
37°F | 23°F
Partly sunny and colder

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