“ranks among the ten oldest lighthouses in Michigan”
The original Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse was constructed of stone taken from the shore of Lake Huron in 1848. The keeper's house and separate tower were located on a three acre clearing hacked out of the dense wilderness. By 1857, the ravages of shoreline weather and a fire in the interior of the house created the need for a new structure. The new keeper's house and attached 89-foot tower were built of the finest brick available. The light is still an active aid to navigation, making Pointe aux Barques the oldest continuously operating Light on the Great Lakes. In 1875, a Class A lifesaving station was constructed 300 yards south of the lighthouse. It was the first lifesaving station opened on the Great Lakes. The 62 year history of the station credits over 200 rescues to this station and its brave crews. The Thumb Bottomland Preserve surrounding Pointe aux Barques contains 105 known wrecks, reflecting the danger posed by shoals surrounding Pointe aux Barques.The Pointe aux Barques keeper's house and tower have been completely restored and contain historical artifacts from a bygone era. The Museum is open to the public free of charge; donations are kindly appreciated to help fund the Society's projects.
Lighthouse Museum hours are
10:00 am - 7:00 pm,
Daily from Memorial weekend
to October 15th
Donations are welcome!
There is a small grassy campground located next to the light house. There is not much of a beach in this area. There is a large picnic and playground area near here. It's quiet and out of the way. The light house is beautiful and there are several of the other historical buildings on the grounds. This is a nice relaxing summertime trip.
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Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse
- Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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