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 www.wmta.org. 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.