Michigan: St. Joseph Lighthouse and Tisconia Park.

St. Joseph is in the extreme southwest corner of Michigan along Lake Michigan. It’s a lot closer to Chicago than Detroit. It’s right in the heart of the Lake Michigan lake effect snow machine and has history dating back to the early 1800’s.

Along the lake shoreline in St. Joseph is Tisconia Park and the St. Joseph North Pier Lights Lighthouse. When you get in the area you’ll see signs directing you to Tisconia Park and the pier.

St. Joseph, Michigan - Tisconia Park, North Pier

There is parking, for a small fee, at the entrance to the park.

St. Joseph, Michigan - Tisconia Park entrance

After a short walk, you’ll see the sand and then the beautiful Lake Michigan. The Great Lakes are so vast, you sometimes get the feeling you’re at the ocean since you can’t see anything on the other side.

St. Joseph, Michigan - Tisconia Park - Beach and Lake Michigan

As you walk towards the shoreline on the sand and surrounding dunes, you’ll see the pier and lighthouse to the left.

St. Joseph, Michigan - Tisconia Park - beach, Lake Michigan, North Pier, lighthouses

Who’s that guy capturing memories of all the scenery haha. 🙂

St. Joseph, Michigan - white beach sand and dunes of Tisconia Park, Lake Michigan

Beach, shoreline and open space at this white sand beach park go as far as the eye can see. During the summer months you’ll see a lot of boats hanging out near the shoreline. The beach gets less traffic then some of the neighboring ones which adds to the appeal.

St. Joseph, Michigan - Tisconia Beach Park, Lake Michigan

Running alongside the south edge of the park is the North Pier, catwalk and two lighthouses. The pier is located at the mouth of the St. Joseph River and is a popular destination for fishing.

St. Joseph, Michigan, North Pier and catwalk

Walking down the pier and catwalk, you’ll come across the first of the two St. Joseph lighthouses, the Inner Lights. This light stands 26-ft high and was built-in 1907.

St. Joseph, Michigan - North Pier, Inner Lights, lighthouse

Continuing on, at the end of the pier is the St. Joseph Pierhead (outer pierhead light). This light was built-in 1906, when the North Pier was extended out 1000 feet. It stands 35-feet high. The raised catwalk, which runs the length of the pier, was built to help light keepers reach the lighthouses in bad weather.

St. Joseph and Grand Haven are the only two places left with two-pier range light systems and that have their towers and catwalks both intact.

St. Joseph, Michigan - North Pier, Outer Pierhead Light, lighthouse

Leaving the pier you can capture some great shots of the pier and lighthouses from the sand. With Lake Michigan extending out to the west, the opportunity is there for great sunset photos too.

St. Joseph, Michigan North Pier, lighthouses, Tisconia Beach Park

Add the St. Joseph North Pier and Tisconia Park to your list of beaches, shoreline and lighthouses to checkout. Opposite the St. Joseph River is the South Pier and Silver Beach County Park to explore. What is your favorite park, beach and or lighthouse along Lake Michigan? Along any of the Great Lakes?

12 responses to “Michigan: St. Joseph Lighthouse and Tisconia Park.

  1. I have always loved the pier during a storm. Tiscornia is definitely a great beach, but there are so many little teeny tiny ones tucked in along Red Arrow Highway or the Blue Star that it’ll blow your mind.

    I hope you enjoyed my hometown area!! 🙂

    • Love piers in general when a storm is coming in and the winds are picking up, blowing water over the top. Will have to check some of the other beaches out along the highway. 🙂 Great times!

  2. The weird thing about Lake Michigan is that it looks so much like the ocean that I expect to breathe in the ocean smell when I’m there, but then there is no smell and I keep searching for it. Beautiful pictures!

  3. I’ve been to Tiscornia Beach several times. Your post brings back memories.

  4. I love lighthouses.

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

    • Lighthouses and all the scenery usually around them, beautiful! No problem. Look forward to your future photos/posts. 🙂

  5. Great photos, I love Lake Michigan (however, Superior is my favorite…reminds me of home)

  6. Lake Michigan is a gem, but I’ve only had the pleasure of visiting it once. I particularly like the shot of the beach in the forefront and the pier, lake, and lighthouse in the distance.

    • It is. Hope you have the chance to return. There are countless beautiful beaches, piers, lighthouses, parks and small-towns alongside. That is my favorite too, capturing everything in one shot. 🙂 It was a peaceful morning when I was there, had the place almost to myself.

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