The Big Sable Point Light is a lighthouse on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan near Ludington in Mason County, Michigan, at the Ludington State Park. It is an active aid to navigation.Take the guesswork out of planning a Ludington vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
On July 28, 1866, Congress appropriated $35,000 for a new lighthouse at Big Sable Point. Approximately was deeded from the State of Michigan to the U.S. at no cost and in early 1867 construction began, making it the first light station in the area.
Built in 1867, the 112ft tower was originally made of yellow cream brick. It has a focal plane of. The building was made of so-called Cream City Brick. The brick deteriorated and was thereafter covered with boiler plate in 1900.
Construction materials were brought up by ships. The first road to the site was not completed until 1933.
Because the brick deteriorated from exposure to the elements, a steel plate encasement was installed in 1900 at a cost of $3,225. The yellow brick now encased in steel plate was difficult to see and a daymark was needed. Several changes to the daymark over the years were made. Currently, the tower is painted white with a black watch tower and a black band around the middle of the tower. As shown in a historic post card, it was painted red and white at one time; later to become black and white.
It was the last Great Lakes Lighthouse to get electricity and plumbing, which came in the late 1940s.
Big Sable Point Lighthouse Reviews
There is a $9 fee to get in the park. Bathrooms before entering the campgrounds. Have to walk through some of the campgrounds to get to the trail, then starts the 1.8 miles. Make sure you have great h... more »
This was about a 2 mile bike ride from the parking lot of the State Park.It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed our visit. All of the lighthouse keepers were friendly and informative.We got some really... more »
Gorgeous lighthouse with an amazing view! The views of the coast and the dunes are equally beautiful in their own ways. It's a little bit of a walk to get to the lighthouse, but the path is well groomed and it is definitely worth the hike. If you want to go up in the lighthouse, make sure you arrive before it closes. Last time we arrived literally 2 minutes after 5pm and the keepers were slightly grumpy in promptly turning us away. Keepers vary from time to time though.
Pros: Beautiful view at the lighthouse. Quiet trail with great view of some of the different ecosystems of the dunes. Cons: It was almost 2 miles to walk to lighthouse Then 2 miles back. No bikes allowed. Overall I'm glad we went once and if we came more prepared for the walk to/from the lighthouse I would like to think I would do it again. Bring sunblock and waters! And comfy shoes
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