Lighthouses: Big Sable Point, 1867 - Michigan

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On the shore of Lake Michigan, this 112' high conical tower of light identified the most direct route to and from the Port of Chicago. Presently it is located in Ludington State Park.

Big Sable Point - Michigan

Big Sable Point Lighthouses

 

At the Ludington State Park, just north of Ludington Michigan is the Big Sable Lighthouse. Access is by way of a mile and a half walk around tufts of coastal sand dunes covered with dune grass. The sand and green grass ends at the blue waters of Lake Michigan and amid the puffs of white clouds is the black and white tower of this distinctive light.

Ships hug the coast at this point as it veers inward slightly toward Point Betsie. The 112 foot tall marker warns them not to approach too close. Area lumber mills created the commerce and as more ships were lost to the seas this light was built in 1867. It is still operational but not with the original third order Fresnel Lens.