Almost an island . . .
In an idyllic setting–-just beyond Presque Isle Harbor along Lake Huron in northeast lower Michigan–-you’ll find two lighthouses, a keeper’s house museum, a Third Order Fresnel light, and a set of range lights. You'll take a step back in time as you climb the towers, find treasures in the gift shop, attend a concert or community event, learn about the light keepers and their families and how they lived.
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 near Marquette and a Presque Isle River in the Porcupine Mountains. However, our Presque Isle (note that 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.
Presque Isle Township owns and operates the Lighthouses (Old and New), the Lighthouse Parks, and the Range Light Park. The Presque Isle Township Museum Society operates the 1905 Keeper’s House as a museum. Visiting the parks and lighthouse buildings is free, although there is a nominal fee to climb the towers. Donations are always appreciated! Together, we invite you to explore the rich maritime history of Presque Isle Township and its Lighthouses!