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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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Great lighthouse attraction but don't miss the beach path!

This is a wonderful little lighthouse with a guided audio tour. There is no charge to visit but they do accept donations. However, don't skip the trail that goes down to the... read more

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Reynoldsburg, Ohio

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Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a wonderful little lighthouse with a guided audio tour. There is no charge to visit but they do accept donations. However, don't skip the trail that goes down to the beach. You'll get an amazing view of the Mackinaw Bridge and the rocky coastline if the weather is clear.

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Celina, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Self guided tour of the lighthouse, nice little trail that goes down to the beach. To the two ladies working Sunday morning on july 3rd. Thank you. You answered so many questions about the lighthouse and the area. It was an absolute pleasure talking to you. GO BUCKS !!!

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We checked this place out while staying in Mackinaw City. The lighthouse is unique and charming! The stairway to the top of the lighthouse is tight and winding. The doorway to go out onto the balcony of the lighthouse is small. Watch your head as you go through it! The views from up top are great! The best part is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Got to climb up and go outside lighthouse! Very cool also beach area with a big rock that has long history for area!

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Orangeville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved visiting this lighthouse. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Light house is charming. We enjoyed the short informative documentary about the ships lost in the Great Lakes. You are able to climb to the top for a great view then a self guided educational path through the woods to the beach.

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Silver City, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

McGulpin Point Lighthouse spiral staircase is 44 steps. The top stairway opening (the subject of this photo) was crafted to match the original by Victor Ruppert and installed by Guy Post - both are associates of Moran Iron Works, Onaway Michigan. The opening design is very morphic and one needs to see a person coming through it to appreciate how... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I love to visit lighthouses and have been to several in Michigan but never to this one. What a pleasant surprise! What is most notable is the path down to Lake Superior that has several signs and cut out figures displayed in the woods with information regarding the history of the area. Another plus is you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While looking for a new adventure in Mackinaw City we decided to venture off just a little west. This is where we located McGulpin Point. This was such a peaceful experience. A beautiful view of the bridge not only from the lighthouse but also by McGulpin Rock. They have trails from the lighthouse to the straights with a lot of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Renovated Light House with view of Mackinaw Bridge. I could live there, however it is currently owned by Emmet County. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Grounds are well maintained and have beautiful flowers. Short walk to Lake Michigan. Super view of bridge. 15" viewing of DVD on Straits of Mackanac ship wrecks, very interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice to see this lighthouse was saved and now open to the public. Last time we were in Mackinaw City we found this lighthouse fenced off to the public. A path takes you down to Lake Michigan with some history given along the way.

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