Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Michigan

in the Great Lakes

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse – Image by Richard Wildhirt from Pixabay

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Did you know that there is a lighthouse in Michigan that looks a lot like a castle? Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, which is sometimes referred to as the “Castle of the Straits,” is located in the lower peninsula of Michigan on the Straits of Mackinac, a waterway in the Great Lakes region that connects Lake Michigan with Lake Huron. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is near the Mackinac Bridge which connects Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas.

The lighthouse is open for tours from May to October.

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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse – Image by jstonge from Pixabay

Operation

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Michigan was an operational navigational aid on the Straits of Mackinac until it was deactivated shortly after the Mackinac Bridge opened in 1957 and provided lights for the area. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is now part of a historic park that includes the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum which is housed in a nearby building. The museum contains a wealth of information about shipwrecks and and has displays which include artifacts from the offshore Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Preserve where underwater shipwrecks are marked.

Click here to see more about the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum.

Click here to see more about the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Preserve.

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse – Image by jstonge from Pixabay