Michigan Lighthouse Tours


Soo Locks Lighthouse Cruise - Phone: 800-432-6301
The Soo Locks Lighthouse Cruise is an adventurous 4 1/2 experience in maritime navigation offered by Soo Locks Boat Tours. Tour through the Soo Locks, right alongside the giant ships and venture into Whitefish Bay. View the Gros Cap Reef Lighthouse in Canadian waters and the American Point Iroquois Lighthouse. Many other sights pointed out by a live narration. Also available is a Lower St. Mary’s River Lighthouse Cruise covering a distance of 45 miles between Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Detour, Michigan.  The lighthouses of the lower St. Mary’s River are showcased on this adventurous cruise.  Return transportation is provided via motor coach.


Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises - Phone: 800-828-6157
Explore the Lighthouses of the Straits of Mackinac with Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry. Every Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruise is a true learning experience. Guests are treated to awe-inspiring views and learn of shipwrecks, navigation methods, and fascinating historical accounts of these guardians of the Great Lakes.  Shepler’s donates 10% of all proceeds to the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association to assist in their preservation efforts.

Keweenaw Excursions- Phone:231-237-9365
Keweenaw Excursions offers a great selection of lighthouse cruises that visit some of the most remote lighhouses on the Great Lakes. One, two, three, and four day cruises are available throughout the summer.

Charity Island Transport, Inc. - Phone: 989-254-7710
Charity Island Dining Adventure Cruises run every weekend from the last week in May to mid-October. The Charity Island Lighthouse, established in 1857, was one of the first lights on the Great Lakes to be automated in 1916.  Charity Island Excursions offers day and dinner tours trips to the lighthouse throughout the summer.  They depart for Big Charity Island from Hoy’s Saginaw Bay Marina in Caseville for the one hour cruise to Big Charity Island.  On Charity Island you’ll enjoy a walking trail through thick hardwood forests, beach views, and a fossil embedded limestone formation.

Copper Harbor Lighthouse Tours -
Marina: 906-289-4966 - May through October
Business Office: 906-337-2310 - November through April
The single tour encompasses a total lighthouse experience, including a ride in a boat similar to an early 20th century lighthouse launch. The narrated boat cruise will take you through Copper Harbor's once bustling port on the way to one of Michigan's oldest lighthouses. Restored to its original 1866 beauty overlooking the majesty of Lake Superior, you are met by a staff member from the Michigan Department of History who will assist you through the interior complete with furnishings from the 1866 era.

Detour Reef Lighthouse Tours – Phone: (906) 493-5648 tours@drlps.com
Tours to the DeTour Reef Lighthouse include boat transportation to and from the DeTour Harbor Marina, light refreshments at the lighthouse and a guided tour.  Each tour is limited to six individuals, assuring personal attention by the tour guides.  The tours are approximately two hours long.  Visitors will have the opportunity to tour all spaces of the lighthouse. The tours are led by trained Detour Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society tour guides and the resident DeTour Reef Lighthouse Keepers.

Island Hopper ChartersPhone: (231) 448-2309; Islandhopper1@hotmail.com
Board the vessel Karl J and see nine unique Lake Michigan lighthouses:  The tour includes viewing seven rarely visited lighthouses, as well as Beaver Island's Harbor Light and Head Light during a stay on Beaver Island.  The package includes round trip passage to and from Beaver Island aboard the Beaver Island Ferry, 3 nights on Beaver Island, and tours aboard the Karl J to the seven off-island lights. Packages can also be mix and match.

Glass Bottom Boat Shipwreck Tours – (906) 387-4477
In addition to viewing over a half a dozen shipwrecks in the outlying Munising Harbor area, a close up view of the East Channel Lighthouse is gained aboard the glass bottom tour boat.  The old wooden lighthouse built around 1870 resembles a small country church on the water’s edge.

Uncle Ducky Charters - Toll Free- 877-228-5447; Email - info@uncleducky.com
Marquette County has 5 Lighthouses that have guided ships since the middle of the 19th century.  Uncle Ducky Charters offers trips to all five of them aboard 6 passenger charter boats.  The Stannard Rock Lighthouse is one of the most remote lighthouses in the world.  It is located 40 miles offshore and stands 102 feet above the lake level.  It was manned until 1961 when it was automated.  The Huron Island Lighthouse, Granite Island Lighthouse, Marquette Lighthouse and Big Bay Lighthouse all are relatively nearby and you can see them aboard Uncle Ducky charter boats.  Several day trip options are available.  Included with the Granite Island trip is a cruise by Granot Loma Lodge which is the world’s largest log home.  These are all private charters from 2-8 hours and range in price from $215 to $999 for up to 6 passengers inclusive.

Harbor Beach Lighthouse Tours – (989) 479-9707
Tours of the Harbor Beach Lighthouse, built in 1885, are conducted on Saturdays from the middle of June  through the end of August.  Charter boats to the Lighthouse depart every half hour from the Harbor Beach Municipal Marina.  On the boat ride you’ll learn about the harbor and breakwall history.  Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society tour guides provide you with a personal and informative tour.  All tours include a pass to the Grice Museum, home of the lighthouse’s original 4th Order Fresnel Lens.

Beaver Island Ferry – (888) 446-4095; info@bibco.com
The Beaver Island Boat Company has been providing the most relaxing, affordable transportation to Beaver Island for over 25 years.  A trip aboard one of our ferries is a must for those who believe the journey should be just as wonderful as the destination.  Enjoy a 2 hour boat ride across 32 miles of Lake Michigan in one of our open air decks or relax in a passenger cabin.  Beaver Island offers a natural holiday with pristine woods and isolated beaches.  There are various hiking and biking trails to explore.  Fine dining, hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts and cottage rentals await those looking for an extended getaway.  Guided Tours of “America's Emerald Isle” will enable you to see two beautiful lighthouses, often considered a highlight for visitors.  You’ll also enjoy beautiful scenery and intriguing history on the tour.  Tours range from a simple, yet informative one and one half hour tour of the northern end of the Island, to a more extensive three hour tour of the entire Island.

Manitou Island Transit – (231) 256-9061
Manitou Island Transit offers various lighthouse experiences.  The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Shoreline Sunset Cruise aboard the comfortable tour vessel Mishe-Mokwa departs at 6:30 PM from historic Leland harbor.  Enjoy cruising along the Manitou Passage through scenic Good Harbor Bay, passing near such landmarks as Pyramid Point and the North Manitou Shoal Light. There is a cash bar available aboard and though the cruise is open to the public, we can also arrange custom trips for groups. We'll have you back in Leland with plenty of time for a dinner at one of the area's fine restaurants.  The other voyage consists of a 1 ½ hours trip out to the South Manitou Island aboard the Mishe-Mokwa.  You have 4 ½ hours on the island to explore about on your own.  Guided tours are also available.  Park Rangers are your guide at the South Manitou Island Lighthouse.  (The best advice is to Bring a Lunch with you as there is no food service on the island.)  Restaurants in Leland have lunches available for the trip. 

Middle Island Boat Tours and the Middle Island Keeper’s Lodge –
Call Captain Mike (989) 884-2722; captmike@core.com
Boat tours to Middle Island and the 1905 Lighthouse are scheduled periodically, May through September, aboard a custom shallow draft passenger vessel.  Groups of four or more people can easily schedule specific times.  Captain Mike Theut is your captain aboard this unique 30 foot long aluminum hull, U.S. Coast Guard passenger vessel that can travel at a top speed of 33 knots.  Captain Mike will inform you about the history of the island and lighthouse.  You will also learn about nearby shipwrecks.  Don’t forget a lunch and your camera.  Reservations are required.  See website for details.  Looking for a really unique for a getaway?  Spend an overnight on Middle Island at the former U.S. Coast Guard foghorn building, now transformed into a rustic lodge with modern conveniences known as the “Keepers’ Lodge”.  The lodge is one of Northern Michigan’s best kept secrets.   

Rock Harbor Lodge and MV Sandy – (906) 337-4993 Summer; (866) 644-2003
A true adventure awaits you across the waters of Lake Superior.  Aboard the MV Sandy you can see two distinct lighthouses on two separate adventures.  One tour takes you to the Rock Harbor Lighthouse.  On the other voyage you will see the Passage Island Light.  Both lighthouses are part of Isle Royale National Park and are open to the public.  A regular schedule operates from the end of May through the first week of September.  The nearby Rock Harbor Lodge provides visitors accommodations in this unique National Park.  There are rooms with private baths, cottages.  There is also a dining room, snack bar, gift shop, dockside store, marina, rental motor boats, kayaks and canoes, guided fishing and sightseeing tours.  See the website for information.

Recent News

August 7th has been Federally designated as National Lighthouse and Lighthouse Preservation Day.