The Upper Peninsula is home to a number of historic lighthouses. Several of them were built in the 19th century and to this day serve their noble purpose of guiding ships safely into shore. Many of these lighthouses are open to public visitation and guided tours; the rest of them make for magnificent views. These Upper Peninsula lighthouses are an essential feature of any Northern Michigan vacation.

Open to Public

Au Sable Point Lighthouse

E18850 County Road H58, Grand Marais | 906.494.2660

Au Sable Point is located in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, on the coast of Lake Superior. Built in 1874, the lighthouse no longer remains in service; however, the light is still energized by solar power. Summer tours are given five days a week from mid-June to mid-September.

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

14447 Hwy. M26, Dodgeville | 906.289.4966

The Copper Harbor Lighthouse is a brick building that has stood since 1866; the dwelling of its original stone incarnation, built in 1848, is the oldest remaining lighthouse structure in Lake Michigan. Summer tours, which run from May till October are available for both the current lighthouse and the original dwelling.

Crisp Point Lighthouse

1944 Co Hwy 412, Newberry | 906.658.3600

Crisp Point Lighthouse is one of the historic Life-Saving Service Stations; today, it continues service as a PATON. The lighthouse is open for visitation from June to November, although the grounds are open year-round.

DeTour Reef Lighthouse

Northern Lake Huron, DeTour Township | 906.493.6609

The DeTour Reef Lighthouse is a floating structure that marks a dangerous reef and guides ships between Lake Huron and Lake Superior. The lighthouse is open for tours, a keepers program, and even arts and crafts workshops.

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

670 Lighthouse Rd, Eagle Harbor | N/A

The Eagle Harbor Lighthouse was originally built in 1851 as assistance for ships involved in the copper trade. It is currently operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and holds four museums on its complex. The lighthouse and museums are open from mid-June to October.

Ontonagon Lighthouse

422 River St, Ontonagon | 906-884-6165

The Ontonagon Lighthouse holds a proud position in the National Register of Historic Places. Tours of the building are available from May to September.

Peninsula Point Lighthouse

County 513 T Rd, Rapid River | N/A

The Peninsula Point Lighthouse was built in 1864 to help ships avoid dangerous shoals. The grounds of the light structure are now open for picnics and public visitation.

Point Iroquois Lighthouse

12942 West Lakeshore Dr, Brimley | 906.437.5272

The Point Iroquois Lighthouse is famous for its history as a guide over one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Public tours of the building are available year-round.

Sand Point Lighthouse – Delta

16 Water Plant Rd, Escanaba | 906.789.6790

The Sand Point Lighthouse is a historical landmark of the Delta area. It is open for bus tours year-round.

Seul Choix Point Lighthouse

905 S. Seul Choix Pointe Rd, Gulliver | 906.283.3183

Seux Choix Point was a popular lighthouse utilized by fisherman, traders, and ships alike back in the late 1800s. It is still fully operational, and it is open for bus tours.

Whitefish Point Lighthouse

18335 N. Whitefish Point Rd, Paradise | 888.492.3747

The Whitefish Point Lighthouse was one of the first lights operated over Lake Superior and remains its oldest active lighthouse. The building and its affiliated museum are open from May to October.

Resident Lighthouses

Big Bay Point Lighthouse

#3 Lighthouse Road, Big Bay | 906.345.9957

One of the few remaining resident lighthouses in the country, Big Bay Point is a bed-and-breakfast inn with gorgeous lake view.

Jacobsville Lighthouse Inn

38741 Jacobs St, Lake Linden | 906.523.4137

Jacobsville Lighthouse is a structure from 1869 that now serves as a bed-and-breakfast. The inn is open during intermittent periods from July to November.

More Lighthouses

Grand Island West Channel Front & Rear Range Lights

M-28, Christmas | N/A

This lighthouse is no longer active, but the grounds are still open to the public. Access requires a hike from off the highway.

Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse

Grand Island | N/A

The East Channel Lighthouse is privately owned, and the grounds and tower are not accessible to the public. A boat ride along the channel provides a good view of the structure.

Manistique East Breakwater Light

Manistique Coastline | 906.341.5010

The East Breakwater Light is located on a pier where the Manistique River flows into Lake Michigan. The lighthouse is not open to the public, but visitors can view it from the breakwater or walk to the building on the pier.

Marinette & Menominee North Pier Light Station

Harbor Drive, Menominee | 906.963.2679

This light station, originally built in 1927, is located on a public pier. However, the building itself is not open to visitors.

Mendota Lighthouse

Bete Grise | 248.288.4410

The Mendota Lighthouse is a privately-owned light that remains in operation as a guide to transport between Lake Superior and Lac La Belle.

Munising Range Lights

604 W. Munising Ave, Munising | N/A

These lighthouses are managed by the National Park Service. The building cannot be entered, but the grounds are open for visitors.

Naubinway Island Light

Naubinway Island | N/A

This isolated lighthouse was constructed to guide shipping traffic. The island is located near Sault Ste. Marie.

Sand Point Lighthouse – Baraga

Ojibwa Recreation Area, Baraga | N/A

The Sand Point Lighthouse of Baraga is located on Keweenaw Bay. The building is not open to the public, but travelers can explore the grounds.

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Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski