Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Mears

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The Little Sable Point Light is a lighthouse located south of Pentwater in the lower peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is in the southwest corner of Golden Township, just south of Silver Lake State Park.The lighthouse was designed by Col. Orlando M. Poe and has been described as "A classic Poe tower." The design used 109 1-foot-diameter wood pilings driven into the sand, capped by 12 feet of stone as a stout base for the brick tower. The walls of the tower are thick at the base and at its zenith.HistoryFollowing the loss of the Schooner Pride in 1866, public outcries for a light at this locale were finally heard and heeded. Congress approved funding in 1871, but construction was delayed until 1874 due to lack of roads to the site.The station was originally named "Petite Pointe Au Sable Lighthouse", which is the name used on most official records; officially, however, the name was changed in 1910. Although commonly called "Little Sable Point Light", it is listed by the National Park Service as "Little Point Sable Light".The lantern room has eight fixed panels in its lower section, and the upper has ten rotating panels.In 1954, the Lighthouse keeper's dwelling was destroyed by the Coast Guard when electricity reached the site and the light was automated. "Evidence of the connection between the dwelling and tower are obvious to the visitor."
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  • This was a great place to spend time in the sand and explore the so beautiful Lake Michigan! The kids had fun in the water and taking pictures in front of the light house.  more »
  • Although the lighthouse wasn't open when we visited, this is a wonderful place to view Lake Michigan. The wind was fairly strong, the sand was blowing and we got to witness the wild beauty of the lake...  more »
  • My wife and I were trying to see several lighthouse on this day. This one is tucked away, large parking lot and short walk to the lighthouse and adjacent beach. There is a fee to tour and climb the li...  more »
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  • It was a great place to get away and see for an Indiana boy lol. I liked it a lot.
  • One of the best state parks. Imo. Went to tour the lighthouse and lady was very rude telling me it closed at 5. It was literally 5:01pm. Seriously, I understand they have to close, but just be nice about it. But this beach is beautiful,with or without the tour.
  • Little Sable is a true gem of the Great Lakes. Sandy beach in the summer, jaw-dropping sunsets in fall and winter, and always a dark sky for star gazing or the occasional northern lights.
  • Very lovely, and not crowded when I've gone. The lighthouse is very impressive and they offer tours during the summer months to the top. Dogs are usually on the beach, which is actually quite nice, and the driftwood that floats up is gorgeous.
  • Nice parking lot and a short walk to the lighthouse. Paved most of the way if you follow that path. Beautiful spot to relax at any time of day or year. If you're in the area, don't pass it up.
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