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!

Wanted!  Photos or postcards of Presque Isle!  The Museum Society is searching for photographs and postcards featuring Presque Isle.  Do you have a box of old photos in your basement?  Don't let this important historical information end up in the trash.  We can scan your photos or postcards and return the originals to you.  Contact Artifacts Chair Jeni Matuszak at the phone number shown above.

Come visit the Lighthouses at Presque Isle, Michigan!

Days and Hours of Operation 2014
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 — Thursday, Oct 9 Noon to 5:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, Oct. 10-11 9;00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday Oct. 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
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