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)  in its 175th Year!
  • New Presque Isle Lighthouse (1870)
  • Third Order Fresnel Lens (1870)
  • Keeper’s House Museum (1905) in its 110th year!
  • 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.

For Lighthouse Passport holders, we now have three stamps.  The Old Lighthouse stamp is at the Old Light.  The New Lighthouse and Range Light stamps are at the New Light Gift Shop.

Presque Isle is French for peninsula, literally "almost an island."  Maine, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin all have towns named Presque Isle (rhymes with "smile").  Michigan's Upper Peninsula has a Presque Isle Point near Marquette and a Presque Isle River in the Porcupine Mountains.  However, our Presque Isle (we retain the original 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!

This July 11-18, Celebrate the 175th Anniversary
of the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse!

The Old Lighthouse is 175 years old!  Presque Isle's Old Lighthouse first exhibited its light in 1840.  In this, the Light's 175th year, we 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 Presque Isle history, Lake Huron shipping and shipwrecks, and Native American activity before and after the arrival of European traders and settlers... for instruction in wilderness skills... for hikes to explore the flora and fauna of Presque Isle... for tales of haunted lighthouses... and for horse drawn wagon rides, food, music, evening bonfires, and s'mores.  All programs are free-of-charge.  Climb the Old Lighthouse and New Lighthouse towers for a single fee of $5!

Go to the Events page for complete information on Anniversary Week activities!

Come visit the Lighthouses at Presque Isle, Michigan!
It's a little piece of heaven!

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

Mother's Day Weekend to Memorial Day — Weekends Only:  Friday Noon to Sunday 6:00
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 in October — 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:
All Year: Open Dawn to Dusk.