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10 Michigan lighthouses you can visit, mapped

These stunning beacons abound along the Great Lakes

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Michigan is known for its natural beauty, and because of its Great Lakes and vast shoreline, it’s home to more lighthouses than any other state. Some are still very much in use, while others sit as reminders of times past. Many lighthouses are off-limits to the public, but we’ve chosen 10 that are generally open in the summer (check the website above each photo to plan your travel).

Pack up your camera and hit the road! Staying for a while? Make sure to check out our map of must-visit small towns up north.

Want to see some lighthouses up close in Detroit? A replica of the Tawas lighthouse stands in Milliken State Park, and the William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse stands at the eastern end of Belle Isle. Make sure to walk out and check out the exterior of the Art Deco marble lighthouse.

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1. Big Red Lighthouse

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2215 Ottawa Beach Rd
Holland, MI 49423
(800) 506-1299
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You can’t miss this 1872 lighthouse on the north pier in Holland. The highly photographed red beauty is a sight to see in any season.

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2. Big Sable Point Lighthouse

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5611 N Lighthouse
Ludington, MI 49431
(231) 845-7417
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This striking black-and-white tower in Ludington sits at the north end of Ludington State Park. Climb the tower for Lake Michigan views, and stay to relax on the beach.

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3. Point Betsie Lighthouse

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3701 Point Betsie Rd
Frankfort, MI 49635
(231) 352-7644
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This beautiful 1858 lighthouse sits at the start of the Manitou Passage north of Frankfort and at the south end of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Visitors can tour the lighthouse, boathouse, and museum and explore the nearby beach.

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4. South Manitou Island Lighthouse

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See it from the Sleeping Bear Dunes, or take the ferry to the historic South Manitou Island Lighthouse. Located about a half mile from the dock, it guided ships through the Manitou Passage starting in 1871. It was active until 1958.

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5. Old Mission Lighthouse

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20500 Center Rd
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 223-7324
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Standing along the north end of the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula, Mission Point Lighthouse is a lovely piece of maritime history. Visitors can hike the many surrounding trails, climb the tower, or learn more about the area’s history.

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6. McGulpin Point Lighthouse

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500 Headlands Rd
Mackinaw City, MI 49770
(231) 436-5860
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Take in sweeping views of the Straits and the Mackinac Bridge from the popular McGulpin Point Lighthouse.

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7. Copper Harbor Lighthouse

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Fort Wilkins Historic State Park Copper Harbor
Copper Harbor, MI 49918

Take a ferry up to this Lake Superior destination and explore the 1866 lighthouse and historical museum.

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8. Whitefish Point Lighthouse

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18335 N Whitefish Point Rd
Paradise, MI 49768

Check out this complex of buildings in Paradise, with spectacular views of Lake Superior. Make sure to visit the shipwreck museum to learn more about the Edmund Fitzgerald and more.

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9. New Presque Isle Lighthouse

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4500 E Grand Lake Rd
Presque Isle, MI 49777
(989) 595-9917
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Check two lighthouses off your bucket list at Presque Isle. The new and old Presque Isle lighthouses are open for tours. The old lighthouse dates back to 1840, but the new one really isn’t that new at all. It was built in 1870 and it’s one of the tallest visitors can climb in the state at 113 feet.

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10. Tawas Point Lighthouse

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Tawas Point Lighthouse, 686 Tawas Beach Rd
East Tawas, MI 48730

Early birds will love Tawas Point Lighthouse, as the tower offers incredible sunset views. It’s a popular destination for birdwatchers, as well.

Photo by Craig Sterken/Shutterstock

1. Big Red Lighthouse

2215 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49423
Photo by P Meybruck/Shutterstock

You can’t miss this 1872 lighthouse on the north pier in Holland. The highly photographed red beauty is a sight to see in any season.

2215 Ottawa Beach Rd
Holland, MI 49423

2. Big Sable Point Lighthouse

5611 N Lighthouse, Ludington, MI 49431
Photo by Doug Lemke/Shutterstock

This striking black-and-white tower in Ludington sits at the north end of Ludington State Park. Climb the tower for Lake Michigan views, and stay to relax on the beach.

5611 N Lighthouse
Ludington, MI 49431

3. Point Betsie Lighthouse

3701 Point Betsie Rd, Frankfort, MI 49635
Photo by Jack R Perry Photography/Shutterstock

This beautiful 1858 lighthouse sits at the start of the Manitou Passage north of Frankfort and at the south end of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Visitors can tour the lighthouse, boathouse, and museum and explore the nearby beach.

3701 Point Betsie Rd
Frankfort, MI 49635

4. South Manitou Island Lighthouse

Glen Arbor Township, MI 49630
Photo by John McCormick/Shutterstock

See it from the Sleeping Bear Dunes, or take the ferry to the historic South Manitou Island Lighthouse. Located about a half mile from the dock, it guided ships through the Manitou Passage starting in 1871. It was active until 1958.

5. Old Mission Lighthouse

20500 Center Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686
Photo by Todd Maertz/Shutterstock

Standing along the north end of the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula, Mission Point Lighthouse is a lovely piece of maritime history. Visitors can hike the many surrounding trails, climb the tower, or learn more about the area’s history.

20500 Center Rd
Traverse City, MI 49686

6. McGulpin Point Lighthouse

500 Headlands Rd, Mackinaw City, MI 49770
Photo by John Brueske/Shutterstock

Take in sweeping views of the Straits and the Mackinac Bridge from the popular McGulpin Point Lighthouse.

500 Headlands Rd
Mackinaw City, MI 49770

7. Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Fort Wilkins Historic State Park Copper Harbor, Copper Harbor, MI 49918
By Todd Maertz/Shutterstock

Take a ferry up to this Lake Superior destination and explore the 1866 lighthouse and historical museum.

Fort Wilkins Historic State Park Copper Harbor
Copper Harbor, MI 49918

8. Whitefish Point Lighthouse

18335 N Whitefish Point Rd, Paradise, MI 49768
Photo by Charles G. Haacker/Shutterstock

Check out this complex of buildings in Paradise, with spectacular views of Lake Superior. Make sure to visit the shipwreck museum to learn more about the Edmund Fitzgerald and more.

18335 N Whitefish Point Rd
Paradise, MI 49768

9. New Presque Isle Lighthouse

4500 E Grand Lake Rd, Presque Isle, MI 49777
Photo by haveseen/Shutterstock

Check two lighthouses off your bucket list at Presque Isle. The new and old Presque Isle lighthouses are open for tours. The old lighthouse dates back to 1840, but the new one really isn’t that new at all. It was built in 1870 and it’s one of the tallest visitors can climb in the state at 113 feet.

4500 E Grand Lake Rd
Presque Isle, MI 49777

10. Tawas Point Lighthouse

Tawas Point Lighthouse, 686 Tawas Beach Rd, East Tawas, MI 48730
Photo by Craig Sterken/Shutterstock

Early birds will love Tawas Point Lighthouse, as the tower offers incredible sunset views. It’s a popular destination for birdwatchers, as well.

Tawas Point Lighthouse, 686 Tawas Beach Rd
East Tawas, MI 48730