Michigan Lighthouse Videos

#12 Huron Lightship LV-103

The Huron Lightship LV-103 (#12 of 129) is currently moored on the St Clair River in the City of Port Huron.

Location: St Clair River
Coordinates: 42°59′21″N 82°25′36″W
Structure: Lightvessel
Year First Lit: 1921
Focal Height: 52 feet (16 m)
Lens: 375mm

Fun Fact: The Huron Lightship LV-103 is the only lightvessel on the Great Lakes retiring from the Coast Guard service in 1970.

Preservation Group: Port Huron Museums
Website: https://www.phmuseum.org/

#126 Rock of Ages Lighthouse

The Rock of Ages Lighthouse (#126 of 129) is located off shore at the south end of Isle Royale in Lake Superior.

Location: Lake Superior
Coordinates: 47°52′00″N 89°18′48″W
Structure: Brick and plate steel
Year First Lit: 1910
Focal Height: 130 feet (40 m)
Lens: 2nd Order Bivalve Fresnel Lens

Fun Fact: It was customary for passengers to sing the "Rock of Ages" hymn as their ship passed by the Lighthouse.

Preservation Group: Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society
Website: https://rockofageslps.org/

#14 Port Sanilac Lighthouse

The Port Sanilac Lighthouse (#14 of 129) is located in the Village of Port Sanilac on the shores of Lake Huron.

Location: Lake Huron
Coordinates: 43°25′44″N 82°32′24″W
Structure: Brick
Year First Lit: 1886
Focal Height: 69 feet (21 m)
Lens: 4th Order Fresnel

Fun Fact: Jeff Shook who owns the Port Sanilac Lighthouse is descended from Michigan's first woman lighthouse keeper Catherine Shook.

Website: https://portsanilaclighthouse.com/

#16 Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse

The Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse (#16 of 129) is at the tip of Michigan's "thumb" on Lake Huron.

Location: Lake Huron
Coordinates: 44°01′24″N 82°47′36″W
Structure: Brick
Year First Lit: 1848
Focal Height: 93 feet (28 m)
Lens: 3rd Order Fresnel

Fun Fact: After the death of her husband Catherine Shook became the first female lighthouse keeper in Michigan, a position she held from 1849 to 1851.

Preservation Group: Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse Society (PaBLS)

Website: https://pointeauxbarqueslighthouse.org/

#18 Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse

The Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse is located on the Saginaw River northeast of Bay City on Dow Chemical Company property.

Location: Saginaw River
Coordinates: 43°38′7.8″N 83°51′2″W
Structure: Brick
Year First Lit: 1876
Focal Height: 61 feet (19 m)
Lens: 4th Order Fresnel

Fun Fact: After being told to paint just the tower the crew, who were upset with their supervisor, decided instead to paint the whole lighthouse white.

Preservation Group: Saginaw River Marine Historical Society
Website: https://saginawrivermhs.wixsite.com/srmhs

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#37 McGulpin Point Lighthouse

McGulpin Point Lighthouse (#37 of 129) is located west of Mackinaw City, MI on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Location: Lake Michigan
Coordinates: 45.78690°N 84.7722°W
Structure: Brick
Year First Lit: 1869
Focal Height: 102 feet (31 m)
Lens: 3.5 Order Fresnel

Fun Fact: James Davenport was the one and only lighthouse keeper for this light, serving for 27 years. During the navigational season he and his wife raised nine children in the small story and a half structure.

Currently being preserved and restored by Emmet County

Website: www.mcgulpinpoint.org

#4 Milliken State Park Lighthouse

The Milliken State Park Lighthouse (#4 of 129) is located on the Detroit River just east of Detroit, Michigan.

Location: Detroit River
Coordinates: 42°19'57.0"N 83°01'28.8"W
Structure: Brick
Year First Lit: 2004
Height: 63 feet (19 m)
Lens: LED
Fun Fact: This lighthouse is a scaled down replica of Tawas Point and is the newest in Michigan.

#47 South Fox Island Old Lighthouse

The South Fox Island Old Lighthouse (#47 of 129) is one of two lighthouses located on South Fox Island in Lake Michigan.

Location: Lake Michigan
Coordinates: 45.3785°N 85.8371°W
Structure: Brick
Year First Lit: 1867
Focal Height: 68 feet (21 m)
Lens: 4th Order Fresnel

Fun Fact: In 1880 Keeper Willis Warner had to build a five foot tall fence around the lighthouse to keep back the drifting sand and snow.

Preservation Society: Fox Island Lighthouse Society (FILA)
Website: www.southfoxlighthouse.org

#48 South Fox Island New Lighthouse

The South Fox New Lighthouse (#48 of 129) is a Sanibel Class skeletal tower located on South Fox Island in Lake Michigan and is one of two lighthouses on the island.

Location: Lake Michigan
Coordinates: 45°26′32″N 85°48′36″W
Structure: Sanibel Class Skeletal Tower
Year First Lit: 1934
Focal Height: 89 feet (27 m)
Lens: 4th Order Fresnel

Fun Fact: This tower was disassembled and moved to South Fox Island from another Light Station located on the Sapelo Island in Georgia

Preservation Group: Fox Island Lighthouse Association

Website: www.southfoxlighthouse.org

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#53 Robert H. Manning Memorial Lighthouse

The Robert H. Manning Memorial Lighthouse (#53 of 129) is located in the town of Empire on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Location: Lake Michigan
Coordinates: 44°48′28.531″N 86°15′18.758″W
Structure: Concrete
Year First Lit: 1990
Focal Height: 38ft (11.5m)
Lens: LED

Fun Fact: It carries the name of an avid fisherman and long time resident who had always longed for a lighthouse to guide him home. After his death in 1989 his friends and family raised the funds to make his dream a reality.

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#57 Big Sable Point Lighthouse

Big Sable Point Lighthouse (#57 of 129) is located just north of Ludington, MI on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Location: Lake Michigan
Coordinates: 44°03′27.8″ N 86°30′52″ W
Structure: Brick and Steel
Year First Lit: 1867
Focal Height: 106 feet (32 m)
Lens: 3rd Order Fresnel

Fun Fact: Big Sable Point was the last of the Great Lakes lighthouse to get electricity and plumbing, which wasn’t until the late 1940’s.

Preservation Society: Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA)

Website: www.splka.org

#58 Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse

The Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse (#58 of 129) is just off shore of the city of Ludington, MI in Lake Michigan.

Location: Lake Michigan
Coordinates: 43°57′13.002″N 86°28′9.737″W
Structure: Steel plate
Year First Lit: 1924
Focal Height: 55 feet (17 m)
Lens: 4th Order Fresnel

Fun Fact: This lighthouse leans northward 4 degrees but is otherwise stable.

Preservation Society: Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA)

Website: www.splka.org