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Name: Little Sable Point Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Mears, Michigan, United States

Location: Eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

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Photo: Bill Loll
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Managing Organization:
Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association


This lighthouse is the oldest brick lighthouse on the Great Lakes. The lighthouse is now open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for those who want to climb to the top of the tower. There is a small donation of $2 for adults, $1 for children. Children must be at least 36 inches to climb. Season in 2006 is June through August.

Tower Height: 107

Height of Focal Plane: 108

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 6 seconds; range 17 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: Conical brick tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1874

Date Present Tower Built: 1874

Date Automated: 1955

Optics: 1874: Third order Fresnel lens (still in use).

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Yes.

Follow Silver Lake Road towards Lake Michigan. Continue as the road becomes more narrow. Follow for about 0.5 mile to a parking area. The lighthouse is a short distance away, past some sand dunes. For information on Lake Michigan lighthouse tours, call the West Michigan Tourist Association at (800) 442-2084 or visit their website at For reservations, call Brenner Tours at 800-338-5963.

Mapquest URL: Click here to get a map to this lighthouse!

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Nearby Lodging: For information on camping at Silver Lake State Park, call (616) 873-3083. Camping facilities are open April 1 to December 1; modern toilets from April 15 to November 1 only.


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