Big Sable Light #09644

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The Story

Big Sable Point Lighthouse stands tall above Lake Michigan at 112 feet high with the original Keeper’s Quarters residence beside it. Today, this lighthouse no longer needs a human keeper because the Coast Guard converted it to electricity to run automatically. The light is powerful, projecting into the lake 19 miles. It was built in 1867 and lies on the scenic eastern shore of Lake Michigan at Ludington MI. It is also within Ludington State Park.

Interestingly, the only way to get to the lighthouse has been a mile-long hike up the beach or by bicycle through the dunes. That’s the way it was when I visited and did the long walk up and back. However, nowadays there is a bus in summer to take you there and back. I can easily recommend the walk up the beach for those seeking some tranquility and peace.

For a small donation, visitors can climb the lighthouse tower for a dramatic view of Lake Michigan. Some tourists can be seen high up at the top of the tower in this picture.

Location: Big Sable Point Lighthouse at Ludington, Mason County, Michigan. Picture and story © Andrew Dierks

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