Maybe it’s the isolation, the endless battle against wind and waves, or the tales sheltered within. Whatever the allure, I’m drawn to lighthouses. And I have a favorite. Read more

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Erik Frosh

Looking across from Munising to Grand Island or even passing in a guided Pictured Rocks cruise by its iconic East Channel Lighthouse, you’d probably never guess that a good way to get to know this remote, intriguing spot is by bus. Read more



Louis Nuttall

Before you reach the lighthouse you have to cross the Lake, and before you reach the Lake you have to drive the road – a long road to be sure, from Toronto to Lake Superior. Read more



Bob Jauch

The annual Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration cruises float by history with rare stops as some of the Apostles most remote lights. Put it on the Bucket List. Read more


Porphyry Island Beckons with a Lighthouse, Trails & Gallery

Courtesy Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior

An adventure to Porphyry Island on Black Bay about 8 miles east of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park starts with how you get there. Most people arrive by kayak, canoe or boat. Or you can hire a fishing charter, a floatplane or helicopter. Read more


Walter Scobie

Alan Haraf / U.S. Coast Guard

Walter Scobie will always remember June 18, 1961, when his quiet morning was shattered by an explosion that ripped through Stannard Rock Lighthouse, where he was stationed. This summer, Walter returned for the first time. Read more


Thunder Bay Main Lighthouse

Elle Andra-Warner

On the Ontario shores of Lake Superior, there are more than 32 lighthouse sites, some abandoned, moved or destroyed, but others still active aids to navigation or year-round emergency lights. Read more



Jim Jarvise / Morning Light Photography

Featured Photo, 10/24/12 – Lighthouse at Dawn

Jim Jarvise, of Morning Light Photography, captured this August 2011 sunrise in Duluth: "I set up my tripod on the lighthouse pier about 15 minutes before the sun broke the Lake Superior horizon. The sky was brilliant with streams of color." Read more

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By John McCormick / Michigan Nut Photography

Photo of the Day, 10/18/12 – September Gale

John McCormick writes: "My wife and I were in the Keweenaw Peninsula for a color tour when a storm blew in. We made it to Eagle Harbor and managed to get some photos. Taken during 60-mph gusts." Read more

Oct 18, 2012 12:01 AM My Lake Superior

My Week with a Superior Sentinel

Kyle Underwood

For seven days, we would be the official “unofficial” keepers of Michigan's Crisp Point Lighthouse, the remote station west of Whitefish Point. Any member of the Crisp Point Light Historical Society can apply for this volunteer position. Read more


Stannard Rock Lighthouse: The Loneliest Place on the Continent

Neil Harri

Old-time lighthouse keepers called Stannard Rock the loneliest place in North America – it’s the North American light station the most distant from land. U.S. Coast Guardsmen labeled it “Stranded Rock” and rumored it was a punishment tour of duty. Read more

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Although it may be the gateway to Minnesota’s North Shore - “It all starts here” is its brand - Two Harbors has its own charms to explore, such as its famous red lighthouse. Read more


Whitefish Point Lighthouse, one of the oldest operating lights on Lake Superior, needs restoration, and Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is making it happen. Read more


The Keepers of Split Rock Lighthouse

Minnesota Historical Society Split Rock Collection

Civilian keepers served at Split Rock from 1910 to 1961, when the U.S. Coast Guard took over the duties. Read more



photo by Donna Larson

Lake Superior Journal: Bert's Battle Island

It is a curiously named place - Battle Island - with a colorful history and an equally colorful character who once officially served as its lighthouse keeper and still continues, at age 72, to welcome summer visitors to the Ontario island. Read more

Jan 18, 2010 12:00 AM Superior Notes

Rock of Ages Lighthouse

Dennis O'Hara

These offshore stations marked some of the most dangerous threats to navigation found anywhere, and the stories of their operation and maintenance speak volumes about the dedicated people who worked them. Come meet them and their islands. Read more


Lighthouses of Western Lake Superior

Dennis O'Hara

The lake’s western lighthouses seem to have fewer heroic tales than those found on the Shipwreck Coast of Michigan or in the Apostle Islands, but when the winds and waves roared or the fog rolled in, these lightkeepers worked just as diligently. Read more


Crisp Point

Tom Buchkoe

Beginning in 1849 with Whitefish Point Light Station, lighthouses along Michigan's Shipwreck Coast have served to warn mariners clear of the dangerous reefs and shoals and act as a set of markers pointing ships from light to light. Read more


Lighthouses of the Apostle Islands

Lynn E. Marvin

For more than a century, these light stations were home to men and women who endured the privations of island life to provide mariners with reliable beacons to guide them on the waters of Lake Superior. Read more


Split Rock Lighthouse

Minnesota Historical Society Split Rock Collection

It took a catastrophic November storm to convince the U.S. Congress to build what would become among the most recognized and beautiful landmarks on Lake Superior – Split Rock Lighthouse. Read more


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    Bob Berg


    South Pier Lighthouse in Duluth

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