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.
There is parking, for a small fee, at the entrance to the park.
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.
As you walk towards the shoreline on the sand and surrounding dunes, you’ll see the pier and lighthouse to the left.
Who’s that guy capturing memories of all the scenery haha. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?