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Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse, Port Hope

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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.
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  • 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...  read 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...  read more »
  • This is a great place to camp. We camp in a full hook up site for 10 days. Wonderful view and lots of peace and quiet. It is a 45 min drive to the closest moderate size town so plan accordingly. Lots ...  read more »
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