McGulpin Point Lighthouse Museum

Open 10AM - 7PM daily through late October
Age 5 and older: $3 per person

McGulpin Point Lighthouse before restoration

McGulpin Point Lighthouse Map

Lighthouses of the Straits of Mackinac

McGulpin's Point Lighthouse - Mackinaw City, Michigan
Restored McGulpin's Point Lighthouse
McGulpin Point Lighthouse (1869) is located on a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, 2 miles west of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse near the Mackinaw City, Michigan village limit. McGulpin Point Lighthouse was deactivated in 1906. Until recently the lighthouse was a private residence and the property was not open to the public.

After the lighthouse property was offered for sale for several years, Emmet County agreed to purchase the lighthouse for $720,000 in the summer of 2008. In the Spring of 2009 Emmet County replaced the long missing light & lantern room and began returning the residence portion of the lighthouse into a museum dedicated to the history of McGulpin's Point Light and the surrounding McGulpin family land claim. Since May 30th, the McGulpin Point Light shines across the Straits for the first time since 1906.

The grounds are open anytime. Over time, the residence has become a museum, but I think the best reason for entering the building is to climb the winding stairway to the top of the tower.

Straits of Mackinac Lighthouses Straits of Mackinac lighthouses

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Mackinac Island in Winter

Mackinac Bridge - Straits of Mackinac

Mackinac Bridge

Mighty Mac Home

UP Lighthouses Tahquamenon Falls & Whitefish Point

2006 Straits of Mackinac Weekend

McGulpin Point Lighthouse in winter (prints & greeting cards of this photo)

McGulpin Point Lighthouse - Mackinaw City, MIchigan
McGulpin Point Lighthouse lantern house

McGulpin Point Tidelands Signal 300-MLED optic
New Tidelands Signal 300-MLED optic. The original light had a 3 1/2 order Fresnel lens.

Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island from McGulpin Point
Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island as seen from the McGulpin Point Lighthouse tower.

Tug and barge in the Straits of Mackinac
Tug and barge passing McGulpin Point

McGulpin Point Lighthouse Map
Take Central Avenue west 2 miles from downtown Mackinaw City. Turning right on Headlands Drive.
McGulpin Point Lighthouse will be on the right hand side.

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