In the early days, lighthouses were a must during bad storms. Lighthouses were constructed along dangerous shores. The tall structures would have a way of emitting light with the use of lamps and lenses which would guide ships to safety. In Michigan, there are dozens of lighthouses; many are open to the public for viewing.
Whitefish Point Light-Station
The Whitefish Point Light-Station is located in Paradise, Michigan. Next to the Light Station is the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. The area had over 200 shipwrecks which lie along the Lake Superior’s shoreline. The museum shows many of the artifacts that have been recovered from these shipwrecks. The museum also has many exhibits, models of the shipwrecks and many other features.
Cooper Harbor Lighthouse
The Cooper Harbor Lighthouse is located in Cooper Harbor, Michigan. The only way to get to the Cooper Harbor Lighthouse is by ferry which makes the trip that much more enjoyable. The lighthouse which is on the shores of Lake Superior has been restored just as the structure was in 1866. The lighthouse is part of the Fort Wilkins Historic State Park and now has a Maritime Museum. The area also has many paths that are for easy walking. The paths are have filled historic artifacts and will even lead the visitor to a cooper mine. There is also a staff member on site who will guide the visitor through the lighthouse.
Rock Harbor Lighthouse
The Rock Harbor Lighthouse is located at Isle Royale, Michigan. The lighthouse is part of the Isle Royale National Park. The Rock Harbor Lighthouse has self-guided tours and open daily during the summer tourist season. During the summer months the tower is also open for guests. The only way to get to the light house is by boat. However, the 1855 structure is worth the effort and exploration of the area.
Old Mission Point Lighthouse
The Old Mission Point Lighthouse is located in Old Mission, Michigan. The Old Mission Point Lighthouse is located on the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City. The drive is absolutely stunning especially with the shorelines in view. There is also a bike route out to the lighthouse for those bike enthusiasts. The lighthouse was originally built in 1870. The lighthouse has self-guided tours during the summer months as well access to the tower during this time. Another fun fact about the lighthouse; the location is halfway between the North Pole and the Equator since the structure lines on 45th parallel.