LAKE MICHIGAN’S SHORES
Photographs by the author
you have ever considered The Circle Lighthouse Trip around Lake
Michigan there are reference books. Half a century ago I discovered
much of trip fun is its planning. Unfortunately using lighthouse books
is only helpful in deciding on your special interest sites to see,
but include little useful information on their actual location.
Seeking simplification, logic states that lighthouses exist at the
waters edge. We decided to closely follow the shore. Starting at St.
Joseph, MI, travel north, eventually crossing the straits at Mackinaw
City, then turn west on the Upper Peninsula to Gulliver and beyond,
finally turning south at Escanaba, MI and ending the trip at Kenosha,
WI. Although not a circle, this route avoids the high traffic surrounding
Red - Holland, MI
This is one of the most photographed lighthouses known for its size
Haven - Grand Haven, MI
Betsie - Frankfort, MI
On a high sandy bank created by the prevailing winds.
Traverse Light -
Cat’s Head Point, MI
At the north end of the little finger of the “Michigan Mitten” (shape).
ferry landing from Ludington, MI.
Our tour ending at Southport light.
near the town of Whitehall, MI.
Use Shelby Road to coast, south of Silver Lake SP.
photos are of about half the lighthouses we think are a must to see
out of the 32 we found. Some lighthouses emphasis is on just the light
while others feature the house. Rarely is there almost perfect balance
as shown in some of these photos. Always try to include the water
in your composition after all that is why the lighthouse is there
in the first place.
trip around Lake Michigan was about 1000 miles and represents about
25 total hours of driving which we spread over 11 days. Notice should
be taken that you can drive to the vicinity of some lighthouses whereas
others may be still a ˝ mile walk away, in loose sand. Remember you
are not as invisible as you might think. Speak to folks you meet along
the way, give them your card and tell them what you are doing. Ask
for their advice, you don't have to take it. That is how I found a
Gothic water standpipe.
If you would like
to retrace our path in order follow the cities (lighthouses in
italics): St. Joseph MI St. Joseph, South Haven South
Haven, Holland Big Red, Grand Haven Grand Haven,
Muskegon Muskegon, Wabaningo White River South, Silver
Lake SP(south of), Little Sable Point, Ludington Ludington,
Manistee Manistee, Frankfort Point Betsie, Cat’s Head
Point Grand Traverse Light, Mackinaw City Old Mackinac Point,
Gulliver UP, MI Seul Choix Point, Manistique Manistique,
Escanaba Sand Point, Menominee MI Menominee, Marinette
WI Sherwood Point, Sturgeon Bay City Sturgeon Bay, Algoma
Algoma, Kewaunee Kewaunee, Two Rivers Rawley Point,
Manitowoc Manitowoc, Sheboygan Sheboygan North Point,
Port Washington Port Washington, Milwaukee Milwaukee North
Point, Milwaukee Breakwater Milwaukee Breakwater, Wind
Point Village Wind Point, Racine Racine Harbor, Kenosha
Kenosha Harbor, Kenosha Southport.
Published June 2, 2009
Book Hotels: Michigan
Hotels | Wisconsin