Lighthouses of Michigan

Michigan is the only state to border four of the five Great Lakes, and while that means visitors to the state are never more than a few hours away from the lakeshore, it also means they’re also almost always within driving distance of a historic lighthouse. The Mitten State is home to more lighthouses than any other state in the country, and while not all of these beacons remain active, they have been important navigational aids for many years. This list is meant to highlight lighthouses that are easy for all to access. Some on this list may only be seen from the water, while others are on private property and we recommend respect of the landowner’s wishes. In order to be as accurate as possible with the information we provide, only those lights and lighthouses we have personally visited are included on this list. Click the text below each picture for a detailed post about the lighthouses, as well as directions.

40 Mile Point

40 Mile Point Lighthouse, Lake Huron

Alpena Light - Lighthouses of Michigan

Alpena Harbor Light, Lake Huron

Au Sable Point Light Station - Lighthouses of MichiganAu Sable Lighthouse, Lake Superior

beaver head light

Beaver Head Light (St. James Harbor), Lake Michigan

beaver island lighthouse

Beaver Island Lighthouse, Lake Michigan

Bete GriseBete Grise (Mendota) Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Big BayBig Bay Point Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Big Sable Point LighthouseBig Sable Point Lighthouse, Lake Michigan

Bois Blanc Island LighthouseBois Blanc Island Lighthouse, Lake Huron

CharlevoixCharlevoix Pierhead Light, Lake Michigan

Cheboygan CribCheboygan Crib Light, Lake Huron

Cheboygan River RangeCheboygan Front Range Light, Lake Huron

Cheboygan Lighthouse Ruins Lake Huron

Cheboygan Lighthouse Ruins (Cheboygan State Park), Lake Huron

Copper Harbor Range Light

Copper Harbor Range Lights, Lake Superior

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Copper Harbor Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Crisp Point Lighthouse

Crisp Point Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Eagle Harbor

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Eagle River Lighthouse

Eagle River Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Fort GratiotFort Gratiot Light, Lake Huron/St. Clair River

14 Foot Shoal Light Cheboygan Lake HuronFourteen Foot Shoal Light, Lake Huron

FrankfortFrankfort North Breakwater Light, Lake Michigan

Frying Pan Island Light Coast Guard

Frying Pan Island Light, Sault Ste. Marie

Grand Haven Lights

Grand Haven Pier Light, Lake Michigan

Grand Island North

Grand Island North Lighthouse

Grand Island EastGrand Island East Channel Lighthouse

Grand Island Front RangeGrand Island (Christmas) Front Range

Grand Island Rear RangeGrand Island (Christmas) Rear Range

Grand Marais

Grand Marais Range Lights, Lake Superior

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Lake Michigan

grays reef light station

Grays Reef Light Station, Lake Michigan

grosse ile light

Grosse Ile Light, Detroit River

Gull Rock Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Harbor Beach

Harbor Beach Lighthouse, Lake Huron


Holland Harbor Lighthouse, Lake Michigan

lighthship huron

HURON Lightship, Lake Huron

jacobsville lighthouse

Jacobsville Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Keweenaw Waterway Light

Keweenaw Waterway Upper Entrance Light, Lake Superior

Little Sable

Little Sable Light, Lake Michigan

little traverse lighthouse

Little Traverse Lighthouse, Lake Michigan

Ludington North Pierhead Light

Ludington North Pierhead Light, Lake Michigan

Mackinac Island Crib

Mackinac Island Crib Light, Lake Huron

manning memorial light

Manning Memorial Light, Lake Michigan


Manistee North Pierhead Light, Lake Michigan

Manistique East Breakwater - Dad

Manistique East Breakwater Light, Lake Michigan

Manitou Island LighthouseManitou Island Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Marquette Harbor

Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, Lake Superior


Menominee North Pier Light, Lake Michigan

McGulpin Point

McGulpin Point Lighthouse, Lake Michigan

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Middle Island Lighthouse, Lake Huron

munising front range

Munising Front Range Light, Lake Superior

Munising Rear Range

Munising Rear Range Light, Lake Superior

Muskegon South Light

Muskegon South Pierhead Light, Lake Michigan

north manitou light

North Manitou Island Shoal Light, Lake Michigan

Old Mackinac Lighthouse

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Lake Huron

Old Mission

Old Mission Point Lighthouse, Lake Michigan


Ontonagon Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Ontonagon W Pierhead

Ontonagon Pierhead Light, Lake Superior

marine city peche island

Peche Island Rear Range (Marine City) Light, St. Clair River

Peninsula Point - Dad

Peninsula Point Light, Lake Michigan

Pentwater Pier Lights

Pentwater Pier Lights, Lake Michigan

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Petoskey Pierhead Light, Lake Michigan

Point Aux Barques

Point Aux Barques Lighthouse, Lake Huron

Point Betsie

Point Betsie Lighthouse, Lake Michigan

Point Iroquois

Point Iroquois Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Portage River Light

Portage River Lower Entrance Light, Lake Superior

Port Austin

Port Austin Reef Light, Lake Huron

Port Sanilac

Port Sanilac Lighthouse, Lake Huron

New PresquePresque Isle (New) Lighthouse, Lake Huron

Old PresquePresque Isle (Old) Lighthouse, Lake Huron

Presque Front Range

Presque Isle Front Range Light, Lake Huron

Presque Rear Range

Presque Isle Rear Range Light, Lake Huron

Presque Isle Harbor

Presque Isle Harbor Light (Marquette), Lake Superior

Rock of Ages Lighthouse at Isle Royale

Rock of Ages Light, Lake Superior

Round Island

Round Island Lighthouse, Lake Huron

Saginaw River Range Lighthouse Reflection

Saginaw River Rear Range, Saginaw River

Sand Hills

Sand Hills Lighthouse, Lake Superior

Sand Point Baraga

Sand Point Lighthouse (Baraga), Lake Superior

Sand Point Escanaba

Sand Point Lighthouse (Escanaba), Lake Michigan

Seul Choix

Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, Lake Michigan

Six Mile Point Front Range

Six Mile Point Front Range, DeTour

Six Mile Point Rear Range

Six Mile Point Rear Range, Cedarville

Skilagalee Island Light

Skilagalee (Ile Aux Galets) Light, Lake Michigan

South Haven

South Haven South Pier Light, Lake Michigan

south manitou island lighthouse

South Manitou Island Lighthouse, Lake Michigan

spectacle reef light

Spectacle Reef Light, Lake Huron

st helena island lighthouse

St. Helena Island Lighthouse, Lake Michigan

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St. Joseph North Pier Lights, Lake Michigan

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse, Lake Huron

Tawas Point Lighthouse

Tawas Point Lighthouse, Lake Huron

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Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse, Lake Huron

waugoshance shoal lightWaugoshance Shoal Light, Lake Michigan

Wawatam Lighthouse St. IgnaceWawatam Lighthouse, Lake Huron

Whitefish Point

Whitefish Point Light, Lake Superior

White RiverWhite River Lighthouse, Lake Michigan

white shoal light

White Shoal Light, Lake Michigan

william livingstone memorial light

William Livingstone Memorial Light, Detroit River

Windmill Point Light

Windmill Point Light, Detroit River/Lake St. Clair

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