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  • Sand Hills Lighthouse
    This private lighthouse is located on the Five Mile Point Road, 8 miles north of Ahmeek. Construction began in 1917 and the light went into operation in 1919. The light went out of service in 1945 and is now a private residence.
  • Mendota Lighthouse
    The original tower was built in 1870 on Mendota Point to guide ships into Lac La Belle through the Mendota Ship Canal. The present lighthouse was built in 1895 and abandoned by the Coast Guard in 1960. It is now a private residence.  (Photo courtesy of
  • Copper Harbor Lighthouse
    Located at the east point of the Harbor entrance, this lighthouse is now a part of the Ft. Wilkins State Park Complex. The current lighthouse was built in 1866 and is accessible only by boat tour from the Copper Harbor marina. Accessible Memorial Day through mid October.
  • Gull Rock Lighthouse
    This light, located west of Manitou Island off the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, went into operation on November , 1867.  The last known resident keeper left in 1897, after which it was maintained by the keepers from Manitou Island.  Abandoned and in poor condition due to its exposed location, it is only accessible by boat.  The Gull Rock Lightkeepers Association continues to do restoration work on the lighthouse.
  • Manitou Island Lighthouse
    The original lighthouse was built in 1850 on the island at the eastern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula.  The iron skeletal light tower, the oldest on the Great Lakes, was constructed in 1861.  This structure is only accessible by boat.  (Photo courtesy of the Keweenaw Land Trust)
  • Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
    Located at the west end of Eagle Harbor, the present brick structure was built in 1871. It is now a part of the Keweenaw County Historical Society's Light Station Museum Complex and is open to the public. Open early June through mid-October.
  • Eagle River Lighthouse
    This lighthouse, located at the south bend of the Eagle River, went into operation in 1854. It's service ended in 1908 and it is now a private residence.  (Photo courtesy of
  • Portage Lake Upper Entry Light
    This light is located at the end of the breakwall at McLain State Park, 9 miles north of Hancock on M-203. The 50' square steel tower was built in 1950.
  • Portage Lake Lower Entry Light
    This 31' octagonal steel tower with automated light at the end of the long breakwall on the White City (east) side of the Portage River, was built in 1920.
  • Portage River Lighthouse
    The original lighthouse building went into operation in 1855/56, 1 mile east of Portage Entry.  The current lighthouse, built in 1870, is privately owned.
  • Sand Point Charters
    2-1/2 Hour Sightseeing Cruise: 3 Lighthouses- The working Manitou Light will appear on the east end of the Island as we follow the above tour, and in addition, we’ll cruise the perimeter of the Island. Sightseeing, cruising, relaxing or enjoying a leisurely boat ride gives you a chance to see lighthouses and scenic Lake Superior shoreline, loons, sandhill cranes, eagles, hawks and blue herons. The “Fishin’ Mission” is a comfortable 30' Yacht with a large cockpit and plenty of room for up to 6. She is DNR inspected and approved, and equipped with the essential fishing equipment and safety gear, and comforts including a private head (bathroom). She’ll get you out and back quickly and safely with the power of twin engines. Your Captain is a family man and experienced fisherman. He is happy to share his love of the lake through history, fish tales, and fishing tips with his “crew.” Brian grew up fishing and boating on Lac La Belle and Lake Superior, and has lived in the Keweenaw most of his life. Follow me on Twitter, Username: FishinMission. Available early spring to late fall.Phone: 906-370-2257Email:
  • Copper Harbor Lighthouse Boat Tours
    A scenic, narrated cruise through Copper Harbor's once bustling port takes you to one of Michigan's oldest lighthouses, restored to its original beauty and overlooking majestic Lake Superior.  You are greeted at the dock by a Host who will give you an orientation to the Lighthouse Historical Complex before you begin your tour.  An easy trail winds you past shipwreck artifacts to the maritime museum, the lighthouse, the first mine site of the 1848 Copper Rush, and to the very spot where Douglas Houghton "discovered" Keweenaw Copper.  Please allow 90 minutes for the round trip.  Seasonal hours, weather permitting. Copper Harbor MarinaCopper Harbor, MI 49918(906) 289-4966

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