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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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Beautiful place

We went here but it had just closed. We were still able to get some great shots and take a look around. It is very nice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We went here but it had just closed. We were still able to get some great shots and take a look around. It is very nice.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

really nice place , in the woods in hidden spot very nice lighthouse. great place for sunset time. we ride over therewith bicycles its about 7 minis from mackinaw city

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Bay Village, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The lighthouse is somewhat typical. It is a nice example of these types of structures. It is part of a nice Colonial Park set up in the area.

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Brutus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Staff decorated lighthouse for town Halloween festivities. Themed decorations. Lighthouse was open for touring. Staff (volunteers) friendly. Other days there are trails for hiking, One trail leads down to the lake.

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Brighton, Michigan, USA
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We never knew this lighthouse was here until we looked at the historic attractions pamplet put out by Mackinaw City. It was well worth the short trip from the city on a cold day. The entire building and lighthouse itself was very accessable and interesting. The lighthouse itself is not extremely tall, so it was fairly comfortable to walk on... More 

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Orland Park, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I have always loved the history of lighthouses and wanted to explore each one I have come across. I am finally able to visit them on my journeys.I loved this Lighthouse because the volunteers know about the lighthouses. I was also able to sign up for the U.S. Lighthouse Association with the Stamp book. Please remember when visiting a lighthouse... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We loved the lighthouse and learning about the history. The walk up the steps to the top of the lighthouse gave us a real understanding and new respect for lighthouse keepers.

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Gettysburg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We have visited this light house every time we come north since they have been open. The improvements make it better every time.

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The museum and lighthouse are well kept and loved. The staff was informational and pleasant. The video was good. Enjoyed the views of the lake. Also, the unexpected rainbow was beautiful!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

It was a cold, rainy day when we visited this lighthouse. But the ladies that were there were so welcoming and friendly we did not mind the weather at all. I enjoyed seeing the interior of the lighthouse building and imagined what it must have been like to live there. The grounds were lovely and quiet. This is one that... More 

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