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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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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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Recently restored, and well worth a visit

This lighthouse was poorly positioned for boats passing through the Mackinac strait, and it was soon superseded by the Old Mackinaw City Lighthouse. For many years it was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lighthouse was poorly positioned for boats passing through the Mackinac strait, and it was soon superseded by the Old Mackinaw City Lighthouse. For many years it was a private home, but it has been gradually restored, and the lantern has been replaced so that the light can operate once more. The site is a beautiful one about five minutes... More 

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Albany NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had to drive a ways to find this and once there it was underwhelming in comparison to the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse which supersedes McGulpin in both design and position. Still worth it if you have the time.

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Lynden, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Very nice lighthouse with lots of historic information available about it and about many of the shipwrecks in the area. You also get to climb the spiral stairs and into the lens area at the top. You may not want to do that if you are not limber enough to climb through the door. Spectacular view from the top.

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Mackinaw City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I enjoyed my visit to this gem located off the beaten path. I toured the lighthouse, climbed the tower, looked at the Mackinac Bridge and St. Helena Island light station, took the trail to the edge of Lake Michigan to view Chi-sin - the big rock written about in 1749, and geocached all in one stop. Outstanding place.

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Thank MaryAnn M
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

we really enjoyed the visit. The people working the site were very informative and friendly. the view from the light house tower was amazing and we enjoyed the walk through the woods to get to the water despite the cool weather.

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We were only able to see the lighthouse from the outside because it wasn't open when we arrived. I found it interesting that it wasn't sitting on an area next to the water. The view is from the wooded area behind the house. This house was a private residence until about 2010 when the state purchased and restored it to... More 

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Piedmont, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

This is a great resource, close to Macinaw City and with free admission (donations only). Not only can you tour the lighthouse rooms and climb the tower, but there's also a trail down to the beach with chronological signs that teach the history of the people who lived in the region during different eras. Nice views from the lighthouse and... More 

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Clio, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This is a great place to visit. It is free so even a family on a tight budget can enjoy this activity. It is really interesting to learn how this lighthouse functioned and how the family who tended it lived.

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New Haven, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Never even knew this was here till this year and have been coming up here for years! Very pretty light and enjoyed going in it. Also enjoyed the short trail to the water. Take the very short drive to see it! Good view of the bridge at the end of the walk.

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We were surprised to find this lighthouse. A private family had owned it many years and it is well preserved. Fairly easy climb. Restored rooms and informational movie. We have visited Mackinaw City area since I was a child and this was my first time visit

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