McGulpin Point Lighthouse has been a sentinel on the Straits since 1869 and was recently refurbished to continue the service. Admission is free but donations gratefully accepted.
This is a self-guided tour , the rooms are decorated with many historic items. This is the ground floor.
Let’s take a look at the many rooms in the lighthouse.
Here is the attic level rooms.
Large Bedroom, now a room to view a video about the lighthouse.
Now, lets go up into the light area of the tower, what a great view of the Straits and the Mighty Mack! Also a panoramic view from all of the windows.
You have to crawl through this small door to go outside to the Observation Deck, we did!
Just in time to watch the barge Lewis J. Kuber go under the bridge!
It was time to go down and take the trail through the woodland down to the shore. There were info boards along the way.
Across from this display is a replica of a wellhead constructed by an Eagle Scout. Very impressive!
Further down the trail, we learn more about John McAlpin.
Charles de Langlade was another significant person in this area.
And the last display before reaching shore, life here 9000 years ago.
We are here! What a great view, a lot going on this summer day.
You could see Mackinac Island and St. Ignace from here.
The St. Helena Island Lighthouse was also visible across the Strait.
Also this interesting structure I thought was another lighthouse. We found out the next day after we crossed that it was a lookout tower attraction, $1.00 admission as part of a souvenir store called Curio Fair. Maybe we can stop there on our next visit.
What a good time and we learned a lot about the early history at this crucial Straits of Mackinac Lighhouse. Stop in if you can!