• Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse - Mackinaw City, Michigan

      Photo by Megan Edwards
      This lighthouse faces the turning point for ships crossing through the Straits of Mackinac, one of the busiest sections of the Great Lakes. The lighthouse became operational on October 25, 1892 and was used until 1958. It was visible to ships sixteen miles away. Now, it is a maritime museum. The Keepers Quarters has been restored to a 1910-era look and there are tours of the lighthouse tower. The tower is reached by climbing up 51 narrow stairs and then a 11-rung, eight-foot tall ladder. The lighthouse is located on the grounds of the Michilimackinac State Park on the shore of Lake Michigan with great views of the bridge between the UP and the lower section of Michigan.

      If you go:
      Parking at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is free. But admission is charged for the museum and the lighthouse tour. Tours are offered from early May to mid-October.


      520 North Huron Avenue
      Mackinaw City, Michigan 49701 USA

      Mailing address:
      526 N. Huron Avenue
      Mackinaw City, MI 49701 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Park Information
      +1 (231) 436-8705