22 stunning Michigan lighthouses you need to see before you die

If you're anything like us, you tend to forget that Michigan is home to a stunning array of lighthouses. In fact, the mitten has more than any other state (even Maine! Yes, Maine!). Though every lighthouse is special in its own right, here are 22 of our favorites.

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Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Ludington State Park
Big Sable is known for its size and location along the shore of Lake Michigan. For a $5 donation (children under 12 are $2), you can climb its full 112 feet for immaculate lake views.
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Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Ludington State Park
Big Sable is known for its size and location along the shore of Lake Michigan. For a $5 donation (children under 12 are $2), you can climb its full 112 feet for immaculate lake views.
Photo via IG user @mittenstatelove
Little Sable Point Lighthouse
Silver Lake State Park
Don't be fooled by its name: Little Sable stands at a full 107 feet, just 12 below its larger counterpart. It's the perfect spot to end a day at the Dunes.
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Little Sable Point Lighthouse
Silver Lake State Park
Don't be fooled by its name: Little Sable stands at a full 107 feet, just 12 below its larger counterpart. It's the perfect spot to end a day at the Dunes.
Photo via IG user @mrs.kingry
Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse
Manistique
This picturesque lighthouse is located at the end of a concrete breakwater, where the Manistique River flows into Lake Michigan. There's nothing quite like seeing its light shine across the water in the evening.
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Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse
Manistique
This picturesque lighthouse is located at the end of a concrete breakwater, where the Manistique River flows into Lake Michigan. There's nothing quite like seeing its light shine across the water in the evening.
Photo via IG user @christophuettl
DeTour Reef Lighthouse
DeTour Village
Accessible only by boat, this stately lighthouse stands at the mouth of the St. Mary's River. DeTour even offers a "weekend keeper" program, through which you can stay in its bedroom; that is, in exchange for helping out around the house.
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DeTour Reef Lighthouse
DeTour Village
Accessible only by boat, this stately lighthouse stands at the mouth of the St. Mary's River. DeTour even offers a "weekend keeper" program, through which you can stay in its bedroom; that is, in exchange for helping out around the house.
Photo via IG user @fatherguss
Grand Haven South Pierhead Inner Lighthouse
Grand Haven
Breathtaking, right? For one-of-a-kind views, stop by the pier where the Grand River enters Lake Michigan, and head to the bright red lighthouse.
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Grand Haven South Pierhead Inner Lighthouse
Grand Haven
Breathtaking, right? For one-of-a-kind views, stop by the pier where the Grand River enters Lake Michigan, and head to the bright red lighthouse.
Photo via IG user @danielle_313
White Shoal Lighthouse
Emmet County
This might be the closest you'll ever get to visiting the North Pole of your childhood dreams. At 20 miles west of the Mackinac bridge, why not stop by after a trip to the Island?
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White Shoal Lighthouse
Emmet County
This might be the closest you'll ever get to visiting the North Pole of your childhood dreams. At 20 miles west of the Mackinac bridge, why not stop by after a trip to the Island?
Photo via IG user @alana_mcleod
Mission Point Lighthouse
Traverse City
OK, this might be the cutest lighthouse of all time. Mission Point has all the makings of a perfect Cape Cod home, with the added wow-factor of, you know, being a lighthouse. Ground floor entry is free, while $4 gets you to the tower.
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Mission Point Lighthouse
Traverse City
OK, this might be the cutest lighthouse of all time. Mission Point has all the makings of a perfect Cape Cod home, with the added wow-factor of, you know, being a lighthouse. Ground floor entry is free, while $4 gets you to the tower.
Photo via IG user @sunnshhiine
Port Austin Lighthouse
Port Austin Reef
Perhaps the most avant-garde on the list, Port Austin Light consists of two adjoining structures: a traditional light tower, and a "fog signal building." We promise, it's like nothing you've ever seen.
Photo via IG user @acatalinah
Port Austin Lighthouse
Port Austin Reef
Perhaps the most avant-garde on the list, Port Austin Light consists of two adjoining structures: a traditional light tower, and a "fog signal building." We promise, it's like nothing you've ever seen.
Photo via IG user @acatalinah
Grand Island East Channel
Alger County
Though the lighthouse itself is not open to visitors, it makes for a pretty scenic view on its own. We only have one piece of advice: Go in the fall.
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Grand Island East Channel
Alger County
Though the lighthouse itself is not open to visitors, it makes for a pretty scenic view on its own. We only have one piece of advice: Go in the fall.
Photo via IG user @michiganoverboard
Detroit River Lighthouse
Detroit
This often-forgotten gem lies offshore in Lake Erie. Though the house is not open to the public, it's certainly worth passing by boat.
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Detroit River Lighthouse
Detroit
This often-forgotten gem lies offshore in Lake Erie. Though the house is not open to the public, it's certainly worth passing by boat.
Photo via IG user @tylerthebassmaster