Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Silver Lake, Michigan

Photos by Tom Gill

If you’re in the Silver Lake area you won’t want to miss a visit to the red brick lighthouse at Little Sable Point, located at the Silver Lake State Park.

The Little Sable Point Lighthouse stands 107 feet tall. It was built in response to perceived dangers of the area’s Lake Michigan waters, due to the sinking of several boats. When the lighthouse opened in 1874 it was natural brick, but several boat captains complained that it was difficult to make out the lighthouse, so in the year 1900 it was painted white and stayed that way until 1975, when it was sandblasted back to its original color. The lighthouse was originally attached to a home where the lighthouse keeper lived, but when the lighthouse was automated in 1955, there was no longer a need for the dwelling and it was razed. The lighthouse is still operational and is used to aid boats navigating nearby.

Unlike many lighthouses along the lakeshore, the Little Sable Point Lighthouse is open to visitors daily from 10:00 to 5:00 from June until September. Lighthouse admission is $2 for adults and $1 for kids. Guests must be at least 3 feet tall to tour the lighthouse. After visiting the lighthouse, spread a blanket on the Lake Michigan beach just behind it and build a sandcastle, go for a swim or just dip your toes in the water.

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Photo by Tom Gill