Background: St. Joseph Michigan Lighthouse

Michigan Lighthouses

List of all lighthouses in Michigan as identified by the United States Coast Guard. Michigan is home to lights on four of the Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair and connecting waterways.

The first lighthouse in the state, Fort Gratiot Light, was erected in 1825. It is still active. The Michigan.gov website has a Map of Michigan Lighthouses in PDF format.

If not otherwise noted, focal height and coordinates are taken from the United States Coast Guard Light List, while location and dates of activation, automation, and deactivation are taken from the United States Coast Guard Historical information site for lighthouses.

Name Water
Location
Image
Focal
Ht
Built
Status
Alpena Light House Lake Huron Alpena 044 44 ft (13 m) 1877/ 1914 Active
Au Sable Light Lake Superior Burt Township, Alger County 100 100 ft (30 m) 1874 Active
Au Sable North Pierhead Light Lake Huron Au Sable No Image 025 25 ft (7.6 m) Active
Beaver Island Harbor Light Lake Michigan Beaver Island, northern end 038 38 ft (12 m) 1856/ 1870 Active
Beaver Island Head Light Lake Michigan Beaver Island, southern tip   1851 Active
Belle Isle Light Detroit River Belle Isle 000 Destroyed
Big Bay Point Light Lake Superior Big Bay 089 89 ft (27 m) 1896 Active
Big Sable Point Light Lake Michigan Ludington 106 106 ft (32 m) 1867 Active
Bois Blanc Light Lake Huron Bois Blanc Island 032 32 ft (9.8 m) 1867 Inactive
Caseville Harbor Light Lake Huron Caseville No Image 065 65 ft (20 m) Active
Cedar River Light Lake Michigan Cedar River No Image 026 26 ft (7.9 m) Active
Charity Island Light Lake Huron Charity Island 045 45 ft (14 m) 1857 Inactive
Charlevoix South Pier Light Station Lake Michigan Charlevoix 041 41 ft (12 m) 1914/ 1948 Active
Cheboygan Crib Light Lake Huron Cheboygan 035 35 ft (11 m) 1857/ 1901 Inactive/ Moved
Cheboygan River Front Range Light Lake Huron Cheboygan No Image 048 48 ft (15 m) 1880 Active
Clinton River Light Lake St. Clair Mount Clemens No Image 000 1847 Destroyed
Copper Harbor Front Range Light Lake Superior Copper Harbor No Image 028 28 ft (8.5 m) 1869 Active
Copper Harbor Light Lake Superior Copper Harbor 090 90 ft (27 m) 1849/ 1933 Active
Crisp Point Light Lake Superior McMillan Township, Luce County 062 62 ft (19 m) 1904 Inactive/ Museum
DeTour Reef Light Lake Huron De Tour Village 074 74 ft (23 m) 1847/ 1931 Active
Detroit River Light Lake Erie Rockwood 055 55 ft (17 m) 1875/ 1885 Active
Eagle Harbor Light Lake Superior Eagle Harbor 060 60 ft (18 m) 1851/ 1871 Active
Eagle Harbor Range Lights Lake Superior Eagle Harbor 000 1877 Inactive
Eagle River Light Lake Superior Eagle River 000 1854/ 1857 Inactive
Ecorse Light Detroit River Ecorse No Image 032 32 ft (9.8 m) 1895 Destroyed
Ecorse Range Rear Light Detroit River Ecorse No Image 045 45 ft (14 m) 1894 Destroyed
Fort Gratiot Light Lake Huron Port Huron 082 82 ft (25 m) 1825/ 1829 Active
Forty Mile Point Light Lake Huron Rogers Township, Presque Isle County 066 66 ft (20 m) 1897 Active
Fourteen Foot Shoal Light Lake Huron Cheboygan County 051 51 ft (16 m) 1930 Active
Fourteen Mile Point Light Lake Superior Ontonagon No Image 000 1894 Inactive
Frankfort Light Lake Michigan Frankfort 072 72 ft (22 m) 1873/ 1932 Active
Frankfort South Range Light Lake Michigan Frankfort No Image 000 Destroyed
Frying Pan Island Light St. Marys River De Tour Village No Image 000 1879/ 1882 Active
Gibraltar Light Detroit River Gibraltar No Image 000 1838/ 1873 Destroyed
Grand Haven North Pierhead Light Lake Michigan Grand Haven No Image 036 36 ft (11 m) Active
Grand Haven South Pierhead Entrance Light Lake Michigan Grand Haven 042 42 ft (13 m) 1839/ 1905 Active
Grand Haven South Pierhead Inner Light Lake Michigan Grand Haven 052 52 ft (16 m) 1839/ 1905 Active
Grand Island East Channel Light Lake Superior Munising 000 1870 Inactive
Grand Island Harbor Rear Range Light Lake Superior Christmas 070 70 ft (21 m) 1868/ 1914 Inactive
Grand Island North Light Lake Superior Grand Island 000 1854/ 1867 Inactive
Grand Marais Range Lights Lake Superior Grand Marais 054 54 ft (16 m) (inner)
40 ft (12 m) (outer)
1895 Active
Grand Traverse Light Lake Michigan Leelanau Peninsula 047 47 ft (14 m) 1852/ 1858 Inactive/ Museum
Granite Island Light Lake Superior Granite Island 1868 1939
Grassy Island North Channel Range Lights Detroit River Grassy Island No Image 000 1897 Destroyed
Grassy Island South Channel Range Lights
(formerly Grassy Island Light)
Detroit River Grassy Island No Image 000 1849/ 1896 Destroyed
Gravelly Shoal Light Lake Huron Saginaw Bay 075 75 ft (23 m) 1939 Active
Grays Reef Light Lake Michigan Bliss Township, Emmet County 082 82 ft (25 m) 1891/ 1936 Active
Grosse Ile North Channel Range Lights Detroit River Grosse Ile No Image 000 1894/ 1906 Destroyed (rear)
Inactive (front)
Grosse Ile South Channel Range Lights Detroit River Grosse Ile No Image 000 Active
Gull Rock Light Lake Superior Manitou Island, offshore west 050 50 ft (15 m) 1867 Active
Harbor Beach Light Lake Huron Harbor Beach, Michigan 054 54 ft (16 m) 1858/ 1885 Active[
Harwood Point East Range Front Light St. Marys River Sugar Island No Image 000 Destroyed
Holland Harbor Light Lake Michigan Holland 052 52 ft (16 m) 1872/ 1936 Active
Huron Island Light Lake Superior Powell Township, Marquette County 197 197 ft (60 m) 1868/ 1877 Active
Ile Aux Galets Light Lake Michigan Emmet County 058 58 ft (18 m) 1850/ 1888 Active
Isle Royale Light Lake Superior Isle Royale 072 72 ft (22 m) 1875 Active
Kalamazoo River Light
(Saugatuck Light)
Lake Michigan Saugatuck No Image 000 1858 Destroyed
Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Light Lake Superior Jacobsville No Image 068 68 ft (21 m) 1868/ 1920 Active
Keweenaw Waterway Upper Entrance Light Lake Superior Stanton Township, Houghton County 082 82 ft (25 m) 1874/ 1950 Active
Lake St. Clair Light Lake St. Clair Harsens Island No Image 043 43 ft (13 m) 1941 Active
Lansing Shoals Light Lake Michigan Newton Township, Mackinac County 069 69 ft (21 m) 1900/ 1928 Active
Little Sable Point Light Lake Michigan Golden Township, Oceana County 108 108 ft (33 m) 1874 Active
Little Traverse Light Lake Michigan Harbor Springs 072 72 ft (22 m) 1884/ 1963 Active
Ludington Light Lake Michigan Ludington 055 55 ft (17 m) 1871/ 1924 Active
Mama Juda Light Detroit River Mamajuda Island 000 Destroyed
Mama Juda Range Front Light Detroit River Mamajuda Island No Image 000 Destroyed
Manistee Main Light Lake Michigan Manistee No Image 000 Destroyed
Manistee Pierhead lights Lake Michigan Manistee 1875/1927 1927
Manistique East Breakwater Light Lake Michigan Manistique 050 50 ft (15 m) 1915/ 1917 Active
Manitou Island Light Lake Superior Manitou Island 081 81 ft (25 m) 1850/ 1861 Active
Manning Memorial Light Lake Michigan Empire 038 38 ft (12 m) 1990 Active
Mariners Memorial (River Rouge) Light Detroit River River Rouge No Image 000 2003 Active
Marquette Breakwater Outer Light Lake Superior Marquette No Image 036 36 ft (11 m) 1875/ 1908 Active
Marquette Harbor Light Lake Superior Marquette 077 77 ft (23 m) 1853/ 1866 Active
Martin Reef Light Lake Huron Clark Township, Mackinac County 065 65 ft (20 m) 1927 Active
McGulpin Point Light Straits of Mackinac Wawatam Township, Emmet County 102 102 ft (31 m) 1869 Active
Mendota (Bete Grise) Light Lake Superior Delaware 044 44 ft (13 m) 1870/ 1895 Active
Menominee Pier Light Lake Michigan Menominee 046 46 ft (14 m) 1887/ 1927 Active
Middle Island Light Lake Huron Alpena Township, Alpena County 078 78 ft (24 m) 1905 Active
Middle Lake George Light St. Marys River Sugar Island No Image 000 Destroyed
Miller Memorial Light Lake St. Clair St. Clair Shores No Image 270 270 ft (82 m) Active
Minneapolis Shoal Light Lake Huron Big Bay de Noc 082 82 ft (25 m) 1935 Active
Mission Point Light Lake Michigan Old Mission Point 047 47 ft (14 m) 1870 Inactive
Mission Point Light (1933) Lake Michigan Old Mission Point No Image 041 41 ft (12 m) 1933 Active
Monroe Pier Light Lake Erie Monroe No Image 000 1849/ 1884 Destroyed
Munising Front Range Light Lake Superior Munising 079 79 ft (24 m) 1908 Active
Munising Rear Range Light Lake Superior Munising 107 107 ft (33 m) 1908 Active
Muskegon Breakwater Light Lake Michigan Muskegon 070 70 ft (21 m) 1851/ 1871 Active
Muskegon Pier Light Lake Michigan Muskegon 050 50 ft (15 m) 1903 Active
Naubinway Island Light Lake Michigan Naubinway No Image 032 32 ft (9.8 m) Active
New Buffalo Light Lake Michigan New Buffalo No Image 000 Destroyed
North Manitou Island Light Lake Michigan North Manitou Island No Image 000 1899 Destroyed
North Manitou Shoal Light Lake Michigan North Manitou Island No Image 079 79 ft (24 m) 1935 Active
Old Mackinac Point Light Straits of Mackinac Mackinaw City 062 62 ft (19 m) 1889/ 1892 Inactive
Ontonagon Harbor West Breakwater Light Lake Superior Ontonagon No Image 031 31 ft (9.4 m) Active
Ontonagon Light Lake Superior Ontonagon 000 1852/ 1866 Inactive
Passage Island Light Lake Superior Isle Royale 078 78 ft (24 m) 1882 Active
Peche Island Rear Range Light Lake St. Clair Peche Island, offshore west 114 114 ft (35 m) 1908/ 1983 Active
Peninsula Point Light Lake Michigan Bay de Noc Township, Delta County 040 40 ft (12 m) 1856/ 1866 Inactive
Pentwater North Pierhead Light Lake Michigan Pentwater 043 43 ft (13 m) Active
Pipe Island Light St. Marys River Drummond Township, Chippewa County No Image 052 52 ft (16 m) 1888 Active
Poe Reef Light Lake Huron Bois Blanc Island, offshore 071 71 ft (22 m) 1893/ 1929 Active
Point Betsie Light Lake Michigan Lake Township, Benzie County 052 52 ft (16 m) 1854 Active
Point Iroquois Light Lake Superior Bay Mills Township, Chippewa County 072 72 ft (22 m) 1855/ 1871 Inactive
Pointe aux Barques Light Lake Huron Port Hope 093 93 ft (28 m) 1848/ 1857 Active
Port Austin Light Lake Huron Port Austin, offshore 076 76 ft (23 m) 1878/ 1899 Active
Port Sanilac Light Lake Huron Port Sanilac 069 69 ft (21 m) 1886 Active
Portage Lake Light Lake Michigan Portage Lake No Image 000 1891 Destroyed
Portage River (Jacobsville) Light Lake Superior Torch Lake Township, Houghton County No Image 000 1856/ 1870 Inactive
Poverty Island Light Lake Michigan Poverty Island 078 78 ft (24 m) 1874 Inactive
Presque Isle Harbor Breakwater Light Lake Superior Marquette No Image
Presque Isle Light (new) Lake Huron Presque Isle Township, Presque Isle County 123 123 ft (37 m) 1871 Active
Presque Isle Light (old) Lake Huron Presque Isle Township, Presque Isle County 036 36 ft (11 m) 1840 Inactive/ Museum
Rock Harbor Light Lake Superior Rock Harbor 000 1855 Inactive
Rock of Ages Light Lake Superior Washington Island, offshore 130 130 ft (40 m) 1908 Active
Rouleau Point Range Front and Rear Lights Keweenaw Waterway Washington Island, offshore No Image 055 55 ft (17 m) (rear)
26 ft (7.9 m) (front)
1897/ 1937 Active
Round Island Light Straits of Mackinac Round Island 053 53 ft (16 m) 1895 Active
Round Island Light (St. Mary's River) St. Marys River Round Island No Image 000 1892 Inactive
Round Island Passage Light Straits of Mackinac Round Island Channel 071 71 ft (22 m) 1947 Active
Saginaw Bay Light Lake Huron Bay City No Image 000 1831 Destroyed
Saginaw River Rear Range Light Lake Huron Bay City 077 77 ft (23 m) 1876 Inactive
Sand Beach North Entrance East Light Lake Huron No Image 000 Destroyed
Sand Hills Light Lake Superior Ahmeek 093 93 ft (28 m) 1919 Inactive
Sand Point Light Lake Michigan Escanaba 044 44 ft (13 m) 1867 Inactive/ Museum
Sand Point Light (Baraga) Lake Superior Baraga No Image 000 1878 Inactive
Seul Choix Light Lake Michigan Mueller Township, Schoolcraft County 080 80 ft (24 m) 1892 Active
Six Mile Point Range Rear Light St. Marys River No Image 000 Inactive/ Moved
South Fox Island Light Lake Michigan South Fox Island 039 39 ft (12 m) 1867/ 1934 Inactive
South Haven Light Lake Michigan South Haven 037 37 ft (11 m) 1872/ 1903 Active
South Manitou Island Light Lake Michigan South Manitou Island 054 54 ft (16 m) 1839/ 1872 Active
Spectacle Reef Light Lake Huron Cheboygan County 086 86 ft (26 m) 1874 Active
Squaw Point Light Lake Michigan No Image 000 Destroyed
Squaw Island Light Lake Michigan Squaw Island 000 1892 Inactive
St. Clair Flats Front and Rear Range Light Lake St. Clair Harsens Island, offshore No Image 000 1859 Active
St. Helena Island Light Straits of Mackinac St. Helena Island 071 71 ft (22 m) 1873 Active
St. Joseph North Pier Inner Light Lake Michigan St. Joseph No Image 053 53 ft (16 m) 1832/ 1906 Active
St. Joseph North Pier Outer Light Lake Michigan St. Joseph No Image 031 31 ft (9.4 m) 1832/ 1906 Active
St. Martin Island Light Lake Michigan St. Martin Island 081 81 ft (25 m) 1905 Inactive
St. Mary's River Lower Range Front Light St. Marys River No Image 000 Destroyed
Stannard Rock Light Lake Superior Keweenaw Peninsula, offshore 102 102 ft (31 m) 1882 Active
Sturgeon Point Light Lake Huron Haynes Township, Michigan, Alcona County 069 69 ft (21 m) 1869 Active
Tawas Point Light Lake Huron Baldwin Township, Iosco County 070 70 ft (21 m) 1853/ 1876 Active
Thunder Bay Island Light Lake Huron Alpena County 063 63 ft (19 m) 1832 Active
Tri-Centennial Light of Detroit Detroit River Detroit No Image 000 Active
Vidal Shoals Channel Range Front and Rear Lights St. Marys River Sault Ste. Marie No Image 066 66 ft (20 m) (rear)
32 ft (9.8 m) (front)
Active
Waugoshance Light Lake Michigan Emmet County 074 74 ft (23 m) 1851 Inactive
White River Light Lake Michigan Whitehall 000 1875 Inactive/ Museum
White Shoal Light Lake Michigan Emmet County 125 125 ft (38 m) 1891/ 1910 Active
Whitefish Point Light Lake Superior Whitefish Township, Chippewa County 080 80 ft (24 m) 1848/ 1861 Active
William Livingstone Memorial Light Detroit River Belle Isle 058 58 ft (18 m) 1930 Active
Windmill Point Light Detroit River Detroit 042 42 ft (13 m) 1933 Active
Windmill Point Range Front and Rear Lights Detroit River Detroit No Image 000 Destroyed
Winter Point Range Front Light St. Marys River No Image 046 46 ft (14 m) Active

A Traveler's Guide to 116 Michigan Lighthouses

The only guide to Michigan lighthouses that includes maps and directions. Includes a photo of each light, plus concise text that combines color description, fascinating history, and practical advice. A must-have resource.

Laurie Penrose was born in Lansing, Michigan, and lives in West Branch. The Penrose family has a deep love for the Great Lakes, and they worked together on this volume as well as several others. Laurie's parents, Bill and Ruth, are avid outdoor photographers, and are responsible for the photographs in this book as well as three other Penrose family books. Her brother Bill brings his attention to detail as he creates the maps found throughout all their guidebooks.