Trip Planner:   USA  /  Michigan  /  Port Hope  /  Historic Sites  /  Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse
Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse, Port Hope
(4.8/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
The Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse ranks among the ten oldest lighthouses in Michigan. It is an active lighthouse maintained by the US Coast Guard remotely, located in Lighthouse County Park on Lake Huron near Port Hope, Michigan in Huron County. "Pointe aux Barques" means 'Point of Little Boats', a descriptor of the shallow shoals and reefs that lurk beneath these waves, presenting a hazard to boats as they round Michigan's Thumb.HistoryIn the mid-19th century most travel was by sailing vessel. There were few or no roads, and only a few steamships were operating on the Great Lakes. Navigation was still primitive by today’s standards. Vessels followed the coastline of the lakes until there was a need to cross a large body of water, and then a compass and sextant were the major navigation tools.Sailing schooners left Detroit and the St. Clair River and soon left the sight of the 1825 Fort Gratiot Light and began the perilous trip north along the Lake Huron shore. The next light to the north was located at Thunder Bay Island (1832), more than north of Fort Gratiot. Any vessel sailing up the Lake Huron coast stood a good chance of running aground on the reef extending out from Pointe aux Barques. The reef is only covered by some two feet of water and stuck out nearly two miles into Lake Huron.
Put Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse into our Port Hope vacation builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Port Hope.
Source
map
Create a full Port Hope itinerary

Plan your trip to Port Hope

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Michigan by other users

5 days in Michigan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Michigan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Michigan BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO December, teens, kids, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 39 days in Holland BY A USER FROM UGANDA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Detroit BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Frankenmuth BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Frankenmuth BY A USER FROM CANADA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Lambertville & Niagara Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, relaxing, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 17 days in Detroit, Miami & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Upper Peninsula BY A USER FROM ISRAEL June, culture, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Sault Ste. Marie & Sault Ste. Marie BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Stayed at Lighthouse County Park campground which is adjacent to Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse. It's free to tour the lighthouse. This is a working lighthouse that has a long, tragic history. 
  • Although we have visited the lighthouse a number of times, we are always amazed at the history we learn each time. The group that maintains the lighthouse does an amazing job keeping up with the exhib...  more »
  • I have been visiting this lighthouse for years in Lighthouse park. Great views of lake Huron. Wonderful opportunities to check out the museum as part of the museum. Check site, if you want to climb to...  more »