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Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, Northport

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4.1/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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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  • There are so many interesting lighthouses in MI. With so many terrific ones it is hard to pick a 10 from a 7, 8 , or 9. You can be sure though if you enjoy light houses and the history they contain th...  read more »
  • We didn't spring for the extra admission to go into the lighthouse as the grounds and access to the water most interested us. There are wild blackberry bushes around the light house and short trails y...  read more »
  • Being wayyyy at the tip of the pinky keeps the place less busy than mission peninsula, Leland, sleeping bear, Suttons bay, etc. The climb up the light house is easy as long as you can negotiate a smal...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Awesome must see spot in Leelanau County. Great historic lighthouse, camping, and museum.
  • Not worth the drive from traverse city to this place..agreed the museum is good...but then there is a fee for everything......starting from 9 dollars for parking which they say is for out of state license cost.....
  • Well preserved and a great historic building with lots of information. Good hiking nearby!
  • Beautiful State Park, no matter what time of the year you visit. Well worth the drive.
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