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Fort Gratiot Lighthouse

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Address: 2800 Omar St, at the East end of Garfield Street, Port Huron, MI 48060-2961
Phone Number:
+1 810-982-0891
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Fort Gratiot Light Station is the oldest lighthouse in Michigan, 2nd...

The Fort Gratiot Light Station is the oldest lighthouse in Michigan, 2nd oldest on the Great Lakes. The current tower was erected in 1829 and has helped guide mariners and ships for over 187 years between Lake Huron and the St. Clair River.

Deeded to St. Clair County Parks & Recreation Commission in 2011, this 5 acre campus has already seen restoration of several of the seven buildings on site, with more improvements planned every year.

The Port Huron Museum operates the activities at the site. Various programs include "Overnight at the Light, where groups of 20 - 40 people can spend the night in the remodeled, 1872 Duplex.

A beautiful gift shop, guided tours for only $7.00, spacious grounds, programming and exhibits go on throughout the season (May - December). Also available for special events: weddings , reunions, parties and professional & social events.


Now through November 13,2016: Sat./Sun. only, 11 am - 5 pm

November 19 - December 18, 2016: Sat. 11 am - 8 pm for Candlelight Tours;Sundays 11 am - 5 pm

December 27-29, 2016 11 am - 5 pm

December 30: CLOSED UNTIL MAY 4, 2017, except for special events and Overnights.

Looking forward to welcoming you!

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Beautiful lighthouse, great view

Major lighthouse used for most of the era before ships depended on radar and global positioning. Marked the key site where the three upper Great Lakes empty into one and f the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Trout Lake, Michigan
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Trout Lake, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Major lighthouse used for most of the era before ships depended on radar and global positioning. Marked the key site where the three upper Great Lakes empty into one and f the prettiest great rivers of the world, The St. Clair River. Next to the lighthouse is a lovely, lakeside park with swimming beach. Do not swim far enough out... More 

Thank SandyRShaw
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a good tour for everyone to learn about Port Huron and its connection to the lakes surrounding it. There is a gift shop next to the lighthouse.

Thank Dave B
Brighton, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Not sure if I should put my rating in because I did not do the actual lighthouse tour on my visit here. We had someone in our group who had a leg injury, so we chose to take some photos, peek in the windows and check out the beach and park area and skip the stairs . I had not... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Park at the little park/beach play area just down the beach (left if looking at the water from America). :) Take a stroll along the waters' edge to the lighthouse. Careful - the sand can get hot. But there is a little gate up to the lighthouse where there is also a water pump to wash the sand off your... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

We had some time to spend so we stopped by the Fort Gratiot Light House for a look around. There was parking for maybe ten vehicles with barrier free parking nearer the lighthouse. It was recently renovated and in the process of some more. The history of the lighthouse was fascinating and the kids had fun exploring. The displays were... More 

Thank TheMItraveler
Sarnia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I climbed the lighthouse here a few years ago and so far I'm the only Canadian from Sarnia across the river who has done that. Great views from the top! My husband and I also launched our rubber floatie from the beach here in the annual float down in August. A great spot for doing that.

Thank MindVisions
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We made the stop on a quiet October day. Trees were changing and grounds were so well kept. We wish we could have stayed longer.

Thank terhadley
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Although the lighthouse was not open this time of year, we were able to walk around, enjoying the view and reading the information placques that were on the property. I recommend it for everyone, especially in the Spring or early fall, when its open.

Thank 23Jan2014
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I decided to spend the day trying to see as many lighthouses on the Lake Huron side of Michigan as I could. My very first stop was the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. I arrived right around 10 A.M. on Sunday morning, and was a little dismayed to see that the tours and displays did not open for another hour. The grounds... More 

Thank ElleKitty13
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Climb to the top and see the breathtaking views of Lake Huron and the Saint Clair River. The lighthouse and its history are interesting to learn about and beautiful to see from inside. The sailboats and freighters are so pretty to see from up that high. It's an experience you won't forget!

Thank DrRobertsDVM

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