4500 East Grand Lake Road | PO Box 208 | Presque Isle, Michigan 49777 | GPS: 45 21.395 N | 083 29.532 W
989.595.9917 (Information / Gift Shop)


Lake Huron's

Maritime History

Comes Alive!

Welcome to The Lighthouses at Presque Isle, Michigan!
Enjoy the romance of lighthouse life as you explore the...

  • Old Presque Isle Lighthouse (1840)
  • New Presque Isle Lighthouse (1870)
  • Third Order Fresnel Lens (1870)
  • Keeper’s House Museum (1905)
  • Presque Isle Harbor Range Light (1870)

For lighthouse lovers, Presque Isle is a must-see stop in Northern Michigan.  Our 1870 Lighthouse is the tallest light on the Great Lakes that the public may climb.  Our 1840 Lighthouse is one of the oldest lights on the Great Lakes.  And our 1870 Harbor Range Light honors the small, dedicated group of women who were appointed keepers in a profession dominated by men.

Presque Isle is French for peninsula, literally "almost an island."  Maine, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin all have towns named Presque Isle.  Michigan's Upper Peninsula has a Presque Isle Point and a Presque Isle River.  However, our Presque Isle (we use the French pronunciation — "presk eel") is located in Northeastern Lower Michigan, on Lake Huron's beautiful Sunrise Shore, east of US-23 between Alpena and Rogers City.  We are just 80 minutes from Exit 310 on I-75.  Easy to find!  Hard to leave!

Celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse!

Celebrate the Old Lighthouse's 175th Anniversary!  Presque Isle's Old Lighthouse first exhibited its light in 1840.  In this, its 175th year, we will pay tribute to its historic role in Great Lakes navigation with a weeklong anniversary fete — Saturday, July 11 to Saturday, July 18.  Join us for talks on area history, Lake Huron shipwrecks, and Native American activity before and after the arrival of European traders and settlers... for bird-watching hikes... for tales of lighthouse ghosts... and food, music, and evening bonfires.  See the Events page for information.  
Come visit the Lighthouses at Presque Isle, Michigan!

Days and Hours of Operation 2015
Old and New Lighthouses,
Gift Shop:

Mother's Day to Memorial Day — Weekends Only:  Friday Noon to Sunday 6:00 p.m.
Summer — Daily:  9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Labor Day to Mid-October — Sunday-Friday Noon to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival — To be Announced
1905 Keeper’s House Museum:
Memorial Day to Labor Day  — Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Closed Monday.  
Open at other times by special arrangement for tour groups.

Presque Isle Harbor Range Light:
Open Dawn to Dusk all Year