List of Michigan Lighthouses

List of Michigan Lighthouses
Michigan is a great state for outdoor enthusiasts. Activates include hiking, biking, birding and boating. Surrounded by several of the Great Lakes, Michigan is home to 124 lighthouses. Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state in the United States. It makes for perfect boating, canoeing and kayaking. Some of the lighthouses are still in use, transformed into a museum or just dot the coast.

White River Light

The White River Light was established and first lit in 1875. It became automated in 1945. Fifteen years later, the light was decommissioned. The light is no longer in operational. The building houses a museum dedicated to the lighthouse's past, permitting public access to the 1.5-story building, including the tower area. The original building is made of limestone with natural markings and a black lantern on a octagonal-shaped tower. The lighthouse is close to the White Hall area with plenty of activities, such as shopping and golfing.

White River Light Station Museum
6199 Murray Road
Whitehall, MI 49461
(231) 894-8265
whiteriverlightstation.org/

Muskegon South Pier Light

The original Muskegon South Pier Light, made of wood, opened in 1851. In 1871, the structure transition into a square steel structure. It closed in 1903. After the decommissioning, the wooden structure moved from the breakwaters to the south pier, where it stands today. Its location allows the public and boaters to get extremely close, but the lighthouse is not open to the public. In 1903, the need for a lighthouse in the original location still remained, so another structure, this time made of cast iron and created in a cylinder shape, started to warn travelers of rocky shores. The red color is a bit off-putting, because the traditional perception is a neutral color. The lighthouses are close to Muskegon State Park, where 12 miles of hiking trails, excellent wildlife watching, camping and boating exist.

Muskegon State Park
3560 Memorial Drive
Muskegon, MI 49445
(231) 744-3480

William Livingstone Memorial Light

The William Livingstone Memorial Light is the only lighthouse made of marble in the nation. Located on Belle Isle on the Detroit River, the gleaming white 70-foot-high tower commemorates the life of William Livingstone, who spearheaded many improvements to the river. Owned by the city of Detroit, the island hosts the Belle Isle state park with more than 5 miles of scenic shoreline, golfing, bicycle trails and 200 acres of woodlands. The light can be seen flashing 16 miles to the east. The light is not used for navigation.

Belle Isle Park
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 628-2081

Fort Gratiot light

There are plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts at Fort Gratiot. According to the Pure Michigan website, "Gratiot is a community on the move: surrounded by scenic beaches, picturesque woodlands, nature preserves, parks, baseball/softball fields, trails and bike paths for hiking and biking." Besides all the outdoor activities, the city is also home of Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, the oldest and first lighthouse in Michigan. Located at the entrance of St. Claire River at Lake Huron, the lighthouse dates to the early 1800s when Fort Gratiot protected the strategic waterways. The quantity of ships in the area caused the need for a lighthouse; congress allotted $3,500 for the project in 1823. The lighthouse finally became a reality in August 1825. Three years later, it fell during a storm in 1828. Another taller brick structure replaced the original and began directing ships in December 1828. In the following years, the traditional-looking lighthouse underwent changes, with the addition of a foghorn and change in light technology to lenses from lamp oil. As of 2009, the lighthouse is closed, but a museum is in the works.

Fort Gratiot Lighthouse
2800 Omar Street
Port Huron, MI 48060
(810) 982-0891

Article Written By Amy L. Gouger

Amy L. Gouger holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from East Stroudsburg University. Previously a technical agent, she now serves as a ghostwriter and contributor to various online publications.

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