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McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site

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Address: 500 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Phone Number: (231) 436-5860
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Description: Emmet County owns the historic McGulpin Point Lighthouse, which protected...
Emmet County owns the historic McGulpin Point Lighthouse, which protected shipping on the Straits of Mackinac against storms, fog and rocks between 1869 and 1906. It was purchased by the county in 2008, which reopened McGulpin to the public with a gala celebration on May 30, 2009. The site is approximately 10 acres and is a half mile north of the Headlands. It includes 336 feet of shoreline on the Straits with a commanding view of the Mackinac Bridge. Trail to the Straits includes new interpretive signage coming in Summer 2015! Beautifully maintained grounds and interior. There is always something new at McGulpin Point!
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Wonderful restoration work done and knowledgable volunteers with enthusiasm and show they care for the light.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Wonderful restoration work done and knowledgable volunteers with enthusiasm and show they care for the light.

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Okemos, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This place is amazing! Off the track a bit but well worth it. Make it to the top and see Northern Michigan in a brand new 'light'

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This is a no brainer. We went without any great expectations and were pleasantly surprised that you could visit for free (left a donation for upkeep) a lighthouse, climb to the top to get up close with the light, visit the living quarters and have a video on the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. There have been over 10,000 and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

What a great find that we stumbled upon! I have ALWAYS wanted to take a lighthouse tour and this was an amazing experience! I could not believe that it was free! Every room was preserved with original trinkets from the past, including hand written letters and family photos! The spiral staircase that takes you to the top of the lighthouse... More 

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Branchville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Great free lighthouse tour. Good view of the lake from the top, and the staff was great with little kids. They were incredibly nice and informative. We took the short walk down to the lake and peacefully played there for a bit. Worth the stop.

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Algonac, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I love history and lighthouses, so I had to stop and see this one. I've always wanted to climb a lighthouse tower, but don't have the physical stamina to do it. This lighthouse only had about 44 steps, so the climb was relatively easy. Once you're at the top, you have to stoop down and climb thru a small door... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We went here in July for our family trip and really enjoyed this lighthouse. They also have a path that walks down to the Lake. It was a very nice inexpensive site to see. Very friendly staff and well maintained property! Will be back again. FYI, one of the curators told us that they try and add something every year,... More 

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Roachdale, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

After 38 seasons of lighting the Straights, McGulpin Point Lighthouse was deactivated at the close of the 1906 season, and thereafter sold into private ownership. Forward to more than 100 years later in 2009, and GLLKA partners with Emmet County install a replica Lantern Room and relight the McGulpin Point Lighthouse as Private Aid to Navigation. What's more, this Lighthouse... More 

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Port Huron, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Secluded location, well maintained, very friendly, helpful staff. They ask for donations only, you get to tour the restored lighthouse, and can go up to the tower to check out the breathtaking view of the Straits and Mackinaw Bridge, and then tour the grounds. They have a path that leads down thru the woods to the beach with historical displays.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This was not opened yet when we were there. The hours are not really setup for the tourism season. They don't seen to care up in Michagan

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