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McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site

500 Headlands Rd, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-8611
+1 231-436-5860
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Nice lighthouse.

We visited middle of October...at the information center in town they gave us a map of Mackinaw... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kathy L
Beautiful View

We stopped at this lighthouse on the way home from our trip to Mackinac Island. It’s a quaint... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Emmet County owns the historic McGulpin Point Lighthouse, which protected shipping on the Straits of Mackinac against storms, fog and rocks between 1869 and 1906. It was purchased by the county in 2008, which reopened McGulpin to the public with a gala celebration on May 30, 2009. The site is approximately 10 acres and is a half mile north of the Headlands. It includes 336 feet of shoreline on the Straits with a commanding view of the Mackinac Bridge. Trail to the Straits includes new interpretive signage coming in Summer 2015! Beautifully maintained grounds and interior. There is always something new at McGulpin Point!
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500 Headlands Rd, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-8611
+1 231-436-5860
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited middle of October...at the information center in town they gave us a map of Mackinaw City and crossed off about 4-5 things that were no longer open we were hoping to see. But said that this was open. So we wandered out there...More

Thank Kathy L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We stopped at this lighthouse on the way home from our trip to Mackinac Island. It’s a quaint lighthouse with an amazing view if you can make it up the creepy see thru windy stairs to the top! It’s a tight fit once up there....More

Thank momof3boysplus1girl
Reviewed 6 days ago

To be honest I didn't spend much time in the actual lighthouse, but the path through history is totally worth it the stop here. Learned about ships that have crashed in the area, and the history of the area including different wars and not stereotypical...More

Thank hagemannj
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even though it was a rainy day it was worth the trip to see the light house. Easy to find and lots of parking.Gift shop was nice and staff was friendly.A small fee to get to see the light house and climb up to the...More

Thank troiann
Reviewed 1 week ago

The lighthouse and it's history are very interesting. The staff was pleasant. It was nice to sit down and watch the 15 minute video on the shipwrecks. It was not overly crowded on the day we went so we were able to go through it...More

Thank mamak22
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought we had seen most of the lighthouses in the area but surprised to find this one. Can walk down to the water and see the Mackinaw Bridge from a different angle and still climb the tower to see the bridge from above. Nice grounds...More

Thank anonymous838
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the lighthouse on a Saturday afternoon, and it wasn't too busy. We didn't have to wait to go to the top of the lighthouse and were not rushed to leave so let other people could come in to the lighthouse top. You get...More

Thank dsarv1
Reviewed 1 week ago

We started driving west of the Mackinaw Bridge and found the Lighthouse tucked back in the woods. The house has been preserved and well maintained. Little walking paths that lead you to the lake. If you like history take a look at this.

Thank jijakymcka5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lighthouses and Waterfalls are a few of my favorite things. I have lived in Michigan and Wisconsin most of my life and we have the best Lighthouses in the world, yet this one has only recently been available to see. If you love history, and...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice place to visit. We like to stop there when in Mackinaw. Friendly knowledgeable staff and a great free veiw

Thank richjacob1
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Response from Veronica S | Reviewed this property |
Not the building, but the trails are and they are lovely.
9 September 2016|
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Response from Lisa-Hip | Reviewed this property |
They absolutely can!! Only requirement is an adult stay with them. They will have NO trouble getting out onto the deck at the top of the tower, that's for sure. Take some time to walk the trail down to the lake. That was an... More