Area Lighthouses

Old Mission Point Light 1870

Located on 45th parallel this light is no longer in operation. It is however, open for tours from 10am to 5pm, daily in the summer and on weekends throughout the year. Self-guided tours include access to the tower. For detailed information call 231.645.0759.

Directions: take M-37 to end of Old Mission peninsula, approx. 22 miles from Front St. in Traverse City.



Grand Traverse Light 1851

Also known as “Cat’s Head” this light includes an historic museum open to the public.

Museum hours:

June – Labor Day 10am–4pm May, Labor Day – Oct. noon–4pm November (weekends) noon–4pm


Adults $2, Children $1


9 miles N. of Northport inside Leelanau State Park (entry fee charged) 231-386-7195

South Manitou Island Light 1872

Tour this historic light, and watch out for ghosts, this one’s considered “haunted” by some.


Island may be reached by ferry from Leland. Light located 0.6 miles from Ranger station and dock

Robert H. Manning Light 1991

This little known light is only the second memorial light in Michigan.


From M-22/M-72 intersection go W. on Front St. to Lake St. N. into Empire Beach Park

Point Betsie Light 1858

Celebrating over 150 Years!

This is the oldest operating light in Michigan and the second most photographed in the United States. The light marks the southern entrance to the Manitou passage.


Take M-22 to Pt. Betsie Rd. (4 miles N. of blinking light in Frankfort)


Now open for tours. Summer, Thurs – Sun, check their website for specific hours.

For more information contact:

Friends of Point Betsie PO Box 601, Frankfort, MI 49635-601 231-352-4915

Frankfort North Breakwater Light 1932

Walk along the pier and you’ll find this light guiding boats safely into the Betsie Bay.


Take M-22 past blinking light to Main St. W. to Frankfort beach.