McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site
500 Headlands Dr.
Mackinaw City MI 49701
McGulpin Point Lighthouse and historic site is located adjacent to The Headlands recreational park,
both located about two miles west of downtown Mackinaw City
Special holiday open house hours planned for December 2013
The holiday season is upon us, and McGulpin Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City will take part in the festivities by opening for two special weekends in December.
The Emmet County-owned and operated lighthouse will be decorated for the holidays and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday Dec. 7 and 8, and Dec. 14 and 15. There is no charge to tour the lighthouse or to climb the tower (for a remarkable view of the Mackinac Bridge!).
The lighthouse closed for the season on Nov. 3. The holiday open hours will be the last hours to visit the lighthouse until it reopens in May 2014. Next season's hours will be announced on this McGulpin Point page when they become available.
The Dec. 7-8 hours coincide with Mackinaw City's annual holiday open house, which takes place Dec. 6-8 in the Village this year. Tree lighting, parade and other special events are planned. Click here for more details about Christmas in Mackinaw City.
The lighthouse closed for the season on 11/3/2013
To read about McGulpin Point's history, click here.
Big rock, big significance
The Mackinac Bridge is seen on a blue-sky day from the shore of Lake Michigan, near the county’s McGulpin Point Lighthouse west of Mackinaw City. The large rock in the foreground is significant; hundreds of years ago, it was under water in the Straits. Through the centuries, it has been used as a marker to determine the rise and fall of water levels in Lake Michigan.
It was described in a letter sent back to France in 1749 as being at times high and dry and at other times completely submerged. That led the letter-writer to conclude that the Straits of Mackinac rose and fell by as much as 8 feet.
The McGulpin Point rock is approximately 33.8 feet in horizontal circumference and 37 feet in vertical circumference. It is about 9 feet tall. An estimate of its weight puts it around 54 tons.
As a reminder, this shoreline and the hundreds of feet of coastline along the county’s parks at the Headlands and Cecil Bay, as well as the lighthouse property, are open for the public to enjoy, along with hundreds of acres of woods and waters.