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McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site

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Address: 500 Headlands Rd, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-8611
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+1 231-436-5860

Emmet County owns the historic McGulpin Point Lighthouse, which protected...

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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We visited on a wet day so it worked well. Interesting to view and they have some interesting facts regarding the ships lost on the lakes over the years.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited on a wet day so it worked well. Interesting to view and they have some interesting facts regarding the ships lost on the lakes over the years.

Thank Macdariens
Richland, Michigan
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

This lighthouse is very well kept and unlike some you don't find cobwebs, dust and dead flies. There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated. Lake Michigan is just a short walk from the lighthouse,

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Such an informative place to visit. Not only will they give you a very interesting run down on the history of the lighthouse, but the exhibits are really informative. They also do a lot to tie in the history of the town and the fort. I will certainly be returning next summer to revisit and make sure that I didn't... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

I loved this! It is a small lighthouse with volunteers that are very informative and passionate about this place. It is worth a climb to the top, what a view!! We spotted some eagles too! Be sure to take the path down to the water, another great view of the bridge. It is gorgeous! Definitely recommend this. It is off... More 

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Saginaw, Michigan
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

The lighthouse was very nice, there were two woman working in the museum and they were very informative and helpful. It was great to climb to the top of the lighthouse and watch a freighter go through the straits. I loved the period furniture in the lighthouse and I purchased a sweatshirt and two t shirts along with a book... More 

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Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Not as large as its more well known replacement it has its good points. Vary hands on. We were able to go right to the top and out on the walk way. This is a tight fit and not handicap accessable. The rooms have been restored and furniched with peirod pieces.The land has a interesting history as well as the... More 

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Ortonville, Michigan
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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Brought our grandson here and we had a great time. He climbed all the way to the top. Volunteers are friendly and helpful. Location is great for visitors. Nice little gift shop.

Thank Sue S
Bay City, Michigan
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Most people just visit the main lighthouse in Mackinaw City, but be sure to check this one, too. Just a 5-10 minute drive to the west. Great place to explore, take a little stroll down to the lake.

Thank witchbroomstick
Brighton, Michigan
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

We just visited again hoping to see more fall color, but there just isn't much this season. Walking to the top of the lighthouse affords excellent views of the entire area. Bring your cameras! The lighthouse runs on donations.

Thank WCMJerseyGirl
Lansing, Michigan
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5 reviews
Reviewed 15 October 2016

The people working there were so nice. There is a path that takes you down to the lake. There are interesting tidbits of history that is on signage along the path.

Thank kddrex

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