Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington

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The Big Sable Point Light is a lighthouse on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan near Ludington in Mason County, Michigan, at the Ludington State Park. It is an active aid to navigation.HistoryOn July 28, 1866, Congress appropriated $35,000 for a new lighthouse at Big Sable Point. Approximately was deeded from the State of Michigan to the U.S. at no cost and in early 1867 construction began, making it the first light station in the area.Built in 1867, the 112ft tower was originally made of yellow cream brick. It has a focal plane of. The building was made of so-called Cream City Brick. The brick deteriorated and was thereafter covered with boiler plate in 1900.Construction materials were brought up by ships. The first road to the site was not completed until 1933.Because the brick deteriorated from exposure to the elements, a steel plate encasement was installed in 1900 at a cost of $3,225. The yellow brick now encased in steel plate was difficult to see and a daymark was needed. Several changes to the daymark over the years were made. Currently, the tower is painted white with a black watch tower and a black band around the middle of the tower. As shown in a historic post card, it was painted red and white at one time; later to become black and white.It was the last Great Lakes Lighthouse to get electricity and plumbing, which came in the late 1940s.
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  • Our first visit to the Big Sable Lighthouse was a memorable one. We rented bikes at the campground to ride out to the Lighthouse. It took some effort as the day was windy and sand covered much of the ...  more »
  • We enjoyed a walk on the beach and a visit to this lighthouse and even though the temperature was in the 40’s, the beautiful clear blue sky was a perfect backdrop for this well kept building  more »
  • Visited the lighthouse with my husband, nephew, and niece-in-law. We were camping at the campground and the lighthouse was one of the reasons for our visit. We decided to walk the about 2 mile walk de...  more »
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  • One of the best lighthouse setting in Michigan. Tours offer and can climb the tower. Must hike out there to see it, but if you can manage it is worth the hike. Gift shop inside to help support the light and public bathroom available. Light is inside the state park, so you will have to purchase a Michigan State park rec. passport to see the light. Hike to the lighthouse is about 2 miles.
  • Big Sable Point Lighthouse is one of the best lighthouses in Michigan in my opinion. We love hiking out to it and because it takes some work to get to you usually don't see a ton of people out there. There are two great trails to get there. The main road up the coast and my favorite through the woods.
  • This was one of the most beautiful and fun places I’ve been too. It made me want to travel in Michigan more. I loved walking along the beach to go see the light house. It is a fun day wonderful place for families.j
  • Great place, we walked in from campground access. The staff are very friendly, the tour and information is nice, and the experience for our daughter was amazing!
  • Best lighthouse around! Second tallest lighthouse in Michigan and you can walk to the top for a minimal fee. Worth every dollar and step to the top. The view is breathtaking.
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