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Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, Northport

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Grand Traverse Light is a lighthouse in the U.S. state of Michigan, located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, which separates Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. It marks the Manitou passage, where Lake Michigan elides into Grand Traverse Bay. In 1858, the present light was built, replacing a separate round tower built in 1852. The lighthouse is located inside Leelanau State Park, north of Northport, a town of about 650 people. This area, in the Michigan wine country, is known for its exquisite beauty and is a popular spot for tourists during the summer months.HistorySome call this "Cat's Head Point Light." It is also locally called Northport Light, in honor of the nearby town of Northport.The first version of this light, which no longer exists, was ordered built by President Millard Fillmore in July 1850. A brick tower with separate keeper's quarters was constructed at a site east of the present Lighthouse in the state park campground. This first house and tower were deemed inadequate and razed in 1858 when the present structure was built. Still visible is a portion of the lighthouse foundation and the original tower site was located in 1999.The 1858 light is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Reference #84001799, Name of Listing: GRAND TRAVERSE LIGHT (U.S. COAST GUARD/GREAT LAKES TR). It is also on the State List/Inventory having been listed in 1991. Alpena, Michigan's Fourth Order Fresnel Lens is on display in the lighthouse keeper's house. The complex is listed as Michigan Registered Site S0615, and a state historical marker was erected in 1993.
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  • We were at the lighthouse in the early AM so was not opened yet. The grounds are well groomed. The lighthouse looks to be very well cared for. There were a number of parking spaces with a bit of a wal...  more »
  • visited this as part of a road-trip to north Michigan whilst visiting family & friends living in the USA. the lighthouse offers fantastic views out across the bay & lake and also tells visitors about ...  more »
  • One of our last stops on our family summer trip was to go up into a working lighthouse. This little gem was the best. Had a nice place to walk down to the water, nice little building with memorabilia ...  more »
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  • Excellent lighthouse and state park! The view from the top is incredible! Great volunteer staff! Heck, I might apply for lighthouse keeper program also! Great picture taking spot!
  • Our Visit was in the spring, the weather was still a little cool and the crowds were non existent, although the clouds were rolling in. The ride up from Traverse City was a pleasant ride along side of some truly Michigan Farmland and it took a little over and Hour.
  • Nice views of Lake Michigan. Calm place, but lots of people in fall and in summer as well.
  • Beautiful state Park. Visited both in the summer and winter. Must see.
  • Lighthouse is pretty cool to climb up and see the view. Very small, tight quarters but worth $4. And the water and rock covered trails near it, are incredible. The views are awesome.