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Great Lakes Essential Resources: Lighthouses

Last Updated: Jan 8, 2024 4:08 PM

It is estimated there are over 200 active lighthouses on the Great Lakes. Some of these historic buildings are managed by the National Park Service such as the South Manitou Island lighthouse at Sleeping Bear Dunes on Lake Michigan. Others are maintained by local associations, like the Buffalo Lighthouse on Lake Erie. Even when lighthouses go dark, they still shine as a beacon of hope and a portal to history to many. 

(Sources: Great Lakes Cruises, National Park System and Buffalo Lighthouse Association)

colored photograph of mottled gray lighthouse pill

T. Maggio, Erie Land Lighthouse  Image source: Federal Highway Administrationy

vintage postcard image of lighthouse and trees

Collection of Elinor Dewire, Sentinel Publications, Presque Isle Lighthouse  Image source: NOAA Photo Library

white building and grey lighthouse against day sky

The white tower of the Sodus Bay Lighthouse stands among the trees,  Image source: Federal Highway Administration