Michigan Lighthouse Festival
The Michigan Lighthouse Festival is a traveling festival, taking place at a different Michigan lighthouse each year.
In 2017, the Michigan Lighthouse Festival was held in tandem with the 150th anniversary of the Big Sable Point Lighthouse in the Ludington State Park and in 2018, Paradise was home to the Michigan Lighthouse Festival during August.
According to the Michigan Lighthouse Festival website, in 2019, the Michigan Lighthouse Festival beam focused on the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, managed by the Port Huron Museum. Fort Gratiot Lighthouse is the first built lighthouse in Michigan, 1825, and the second oldest on the Great Lakes. It marks the entrance to the St. Clair River from Lake Huron and built to guide the increasing traffic flow of vessels through the water way in the early 1800's. Whether your passion is history, maritime folklore, architecture, breathtaking vistas, photography, or the life-saving stories of the men and women charged with the maintenance of the lights, the Michigan Lighthouse Festival encourages you to join them in the activities celebrating Michigan Lighthouses and honoring their contributions to our story.
West Michigan Lighthouse Locations...
Ludington's North Breakwater Light -- Walk the half-mile long pier to West Michigan's most popular lighthouse.
North Pierhead Lighthouse in Manistee -- At the Manistee beach.
Little Sable Point Lighthouse -- Located at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.
Big Sable Point Lighthouse -- Located in the Ludington State Park.
Pentwater Pier Head Lights -- At the channel to Pentwater Lake.
Grand Haven Lighthouse -- The Grand Haven lighthouse is at the mouth of the Grand River.
White River Light Station in Whitehall -- Operated by the Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers.
Discover More Lake Michigan Lighthouses...
Grand Traverse Light Station -- Located on the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula in Northern Michigan, The Grand Traverse Light was established in 1852.
Point Betsie Light Station -- Nestled in a dune just south of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the tower stands 39 feet tall, but with the height of the dune it towers 52 feet above Lake Michigan.
Harbor Point Lighthouse -- Located in Harbor Springs in Northern Michigan. McGulpin Point Lighthouse -- This lighthouse is located in the Straits of Mackinac at Mackinaw City. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse -- Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is in Mackinaw City.
Manitowoc North Breakwater - Walk out to the end of the pier to this Manitowoc lighthouse, and wave to the carferry S.S. Badger as the ship passes by.
Algoma North Pierhead - This lighthouse can be seen all along the Crescent Beach Boardwalk and is accessible via the pier if you want to venture closer.
Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse - Located in Kewaunee, Wisconsin...halfway between Sturgeon Bay and Manitowoc along Lake Michigan.