McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site

McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, Mackinaw City: Address, Phone Number, McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site Reviews: 4.5/5

McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site

McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site
4.5
Historic Sites • Lighthouses
About
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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romanpiekosz
Chicago, IL7,820 contributions
Another nice lighthouse
Oct 2021
Not as popular as the lighthouse in the city, but also very nice.
It’s surrounded by trees a little bit off the public eye.
It’s not in service anymore, but brings tourists as well.
There is a museum. You can climb to the top too. Even you can go outside if you are able to go through the “doggie-door”.
Inside you can see how the family of the lighthouse worker used to live.
There is one room with looping video about ship wrecks. The video has beautiful music background.
There is another building with displays regarding the native people and their interaction with pilgrims.
Outside of the lighthouse there are displays with info of major ships sunken in the area.
You can go down to the beach, passing boards with pictures and stories of the owner of the land and his family.
I recommend this place.

RomanP
Written October 29, 2021
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Traveler from Iowa
10 contributions
Beautiful Lighthouse
Oct 2021
Beautiful well kept lighthouse. Be sure to go down to the end of the road for beautiful views of Lake Huron. Sunsets are fantastic from this beach
Written October 10, 2021
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Jim 1950
Grand Rapids, MI33 contributions
Very historical and educational early Mackinaw site.
Aug 2021
The museum is fascinating and educational. The trail down to the lake, and McGulpin rock, is pleasant to walk, and educational with signs of informational nature.
Written October 3, 2021
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Jana S
Wisconsin39 contributions
Loved the trail to the shore.
Sep 2021
We didn't go inside the lighthouse but instead walked along the trail with signs and pictures explaining the native people of the area. My dog did not like the 2D people who didn't move but we did. Beautiful view of the bridge and nice walk along the shore to finish the trail.
Written September 29, 2021
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Garden guy
Alma, MI139 contributions
Scenic Spot
Sep 2021
Nice place to take photos of not only the lighthouse but a short walk to the beech will give you a nice view of the Mackinaw Bridge.
Written September 27, 2021
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TripperDean
The Cincinnati Region7 contributions
Tour a working lighthouse and go to the top
Aug 2021 • Family
Great opportunity to tour a working lighthouse. You can walk to the top, get a close up view of the lamp, and go out on the observation platform. Great history on how lamps were developed, how lighthouse are placed in the area, and the shipwrecks that happened before the lighthouse was built. Check out the back building for history of the area that you may not see at other places. The gentleman at the site was very informative on area lighthouses.
Written August 27, 2021
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Elizabeth
Tennessee23 contributions
Informative and relaxing stop
Aug 2021 • Solo
The grounds, museum, and lighthouse were well-maintained and pleasant to view. The person at the gift shop was really great in explaining the history of the lighthouse as well as answering any questions we had. I highly recommend stopping by this lighthouse.
Written August 13, 2021
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robinsonjul
11 contributions
Unplanned Stop at Great Lighthouse
Jul 2021
While waiting for a dinner reservation time, we drove around Mackinaw City and noticed a sign for this lighthouse. We enjoyed the history we received before climbing the spiral stairs to the top of the lighthouse. So interesting to walk back in time at these sites. Well worth the stop. So glad we did.
Written July 25, 2021
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NormaRae03
Waukesha, WI291 contributions
Beautiful Grounds
Jun 2021
We did not tour the lighthouse but the grounds are beautiful. We went down to the beach, which gave us a great view of the bridge.
Written July 21, 2021
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Tracy D
Houston, TX248 contributions
A nice lighthouse
Jul 2021
This was a short jaunt away from the Headlands Dark sky park. There was a rock that was supposed to be significant but we weren't impressed. We explored the shore and got our first glimpse of the Mackinaw Bridge. We walked up a trail to the lighthouse where they also had little vignettes describing what it would have been like in years past.
Written July 20, 2021
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