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.

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Contact Information


5295 E. Grand Lake Rd.

Presque Isle, MI 49777

Driving Directions

Phone: (989) 595-6979

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Presque Isle Weather

SUNNY, humidity 75%, barometer 30.11,
wind 8 mph NNW
Mostly sunny and chilly
46°F | 28°F
Mostly sunny and chilly
Partly sunny, a shower in the afternoon
48°F | 36°F
Partly sunny, a shower in the afternoon
Mostly cloudy, brief showers; chilly
49°F | 30°F
Mostly cloudy, brief showers; chilly
Mostly cloudy, a snow shower; cooler
42°F | 27°F
Mostly cloudy, a snow shower; cooler
Partly sunny
44°F | 30°F
Partly sunny

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