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“Informative docents: interesting artifacts” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse

Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse
Lighthouse Rd, Port Hope, MI 48468-9759
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Port Hope
Type: Lighthouses, Landmarks
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“Informative docents: interesting artifacts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

This was a really interesting one hour stop on our tour of the Lake Huron coastline. This lighthouse is tucked away in a nice park where lots of folks have weekend homes - trailer or fixed houses. A drive through the residences brings you to a nice brick house that the lighthouse keeper lived in and a nice lighthouse. You can go up to the top of the light house on only certain days of the year. (Unfortunately, we missed that day by a week, but that was not a huge disappointment.) The house is filled with interesting artifacts and displays about the many shipwrecks in Lake Huron, and the life of the lighthouse keeper. We were recently at the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse, and while this museum is much smaller, it is equally interesting.

Afterwards,stop by the adjacent beach and enjoy the beautiful view!

Visited July 2011
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“Great looking lighthouse, wish we could climb to the top”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2009

We visited this lighthouse in late May while we were driving around the Thumb of Michigan on M-25. M-25 is a great scenic drive as it follows the coast line of the Thumb and goes through several coastal towns.

The Lake Huron shore is not nearly as developed or touristy as the Lake Michigan shore probably because it doesn't have the huge beaches but it is pretty nonetheless. Lake Huron is a deep blue color and is quite stunning to see when the sun is out.

The lighthouse itself was built in 1857 making it one of the older lighthouses in Michigan. You can go inside the house connected to the light tower where they have some exhibits. Unfortunately they don't let you climb the tower to the top, which I'm sure would be a great view since it sits on top of the Lake Huron shoreline.

To get to the lighthouse, look for the signs to Lighthouse County Park off M-25 at Lighthouse Rd near Port Hope.

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