Category Archives: Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan Lighthouses in Winter: A Michigan Photo Gallery

Being part of a Michigan winter brings with it frigid temperatures and on-again off-again snow. Hanging out along the immediate Lake Michigan coastline takes it to another level. Lake effect snow and high winds off the lake make for a bone chilling experience.

I’ve gone over to various parts of such coastline over the years, in January usually, to capture winter’s rath. I’m fascinated with how it takes hold to the various lighthouses, piers and beaches which you will find plenty of each along Lake Michigan. Some of my favorite shots I’ve taken over the years, all bundled up, follow. So worth it! Well without further ado.

St. Joseph North Pier Inner Light, lighthouse along Lake Michigan

All smiles at the St. Joseph North Pier Inner Light.

St. Joseph pier along Lake Michigan

Gingerly walking on what amounts to be the largest ice block I’ve ever seen.

North Pier Outer Lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan

North Pier Outer Lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Icue formations along side White River Light in Whitehall, Michigan

Mounds of ice on the pier alongside the White River Light.

Beach along Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan

Snow and ice cover lakeside beach along the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

Out on the open iced over pier in Muskegon.

Ice fishermen and I are out on the open iced over pier in Muskegon.

Capturing Michigan pier cat walk iced sculptures up close.

Capturing cat walk iced sculptures up close.

More iced over photography happenings in St. Joseph, Michigan

More iced over photography happenings in St. Joseph.

Holland "Big Red Lighthouse" in Michigan along Lake Michigan

Holland’s “Big Red” Lighthouse standing tall.

Little Sable Point Lighthouse near Mears, Michigan

Little Sable Point Lighthouse near Mears, Michigan.

Snow creeping up the Muskegon Breakwater Light

Snow creeping up the Muskegon Breakwater Light.

The frozen channel between White Lake and Lake Michigan

The frozen channel between White Lake and Lake Michigan.

Iced over bridge alongside Holland lighthouse and Lake Michigan

Iced over bridge and pier in Holland State Park.

Icy pier alongside White River Light, Michigan

Anyone up for skating down the Whitehall pier to Lake Michigan?!

Grand Haven pier and lighthouse in Pure Michigan

The Grand Haven Lighthouse is playing peekabo with the large ice formations.

Grand Haven State Park, Grand Haven, Michigan

Lighthouse from up-top the sand dunes of Grand Haven State Park.

A sunny winter day along Lake Michigan, capturing St. Joseph's two lights

A sunny winter day along Lake Michigan, capturing St. Joseph’s two lights.

South Haven beach, Lake Michigan

Out on the open South Haven beach at dawn.

New Buffalo Public Beach in Michigan

Winters view from New Buffalo Public Beach.

Lake Michigan from South Haven, Michigan

Panoramic, snow covered views of Lake Michigan and the South Haven lighthouse.

South Haven Lighthouse in Pure Michigan

Climbing my way toward the South Haven Lighthouse.

Iced over Muskegon's South Breakwater Light, Lake Michigan lighthouses

Muskegon’s South Breakwater Light is iced over.

Iced over Muskegon's South Breakwater Light

Love how ice sculptures can form, like on Muskegon’s South Breakwater Light.

South Haven Lighthouse along Lake Michigan during the heart of winter.

South Haven Lighthouse along Lake Michigan during the heart of winter.

Frozen over South Haven, Michigan lighthouse

Lakeside view of the lighthouse in South Haven. At least I think it’s a lighthouse.

Where is the pier catwalk? From St. Joseph, Michigan

Where is the pier catwalk?

Taking in the wintry blue waters of this Great Lake., St. Joseph. Michigan

Taking in the wintry blue waters of this Great Lake.

Grand Haven State Park Beach along Lake Michigan

Who is up for a walk on the windy, wintry Grand Haven State Park beach?!

Grand Haven, Michigan

Grand River, light poles, railings, and everything else frozen over in Grand Haven.

Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon

Snow filled view of both Muskegon lighthouses from Pere Marquette Park.

Have you had the chance to capture any lighthouses and/or coastlines in winter?

Cruising Along Lake Michigan in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Is the Michigan summer open road taking you to Mackinac Island or just into the Upper Peninsula and St. Ignace? If so, take some time to drive westbound U.S. Route 2, one of the major east-west drives in the U.P. Once you are about ten miles off I-75 and the Mackinac Bridge you will find yourself along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

You will be on a part of the official Lake Michigan Circle Tour. For miles and miles it will be just lake, beach, sand dunes and brush straight ahead. The brush along the road is narrow, along with the beach that snugs the northern shore of the Great Lake.

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

There are plenty of places to park the car alongside the road to walk the beach. Despite being here in the middle of the summer, I had the scenery all to myself.

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Well without further ado, some more pics of my time out on the open road in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan:

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

What lake side drives are your favorites? Any in Michigan?

A Muskegon Morning Lake Michigan Beach Walk

A while back I got in the car in the dark and road-tripped a couple of hours to Hoffmaster State Park on the West Side of Michigan. I arrived on the parks Lake Michigan beach about an hour after sunrise.

Why the early start to the day? The pictures say it all. Warm it was not so I had the state parks three miles of beach along the Great Lake all to myself. I hung out with the sand dunes, blue sky and cold Lake Michigan waters as I walked. 🙂

Hoffmaster State Park beach walk along Lake Michigan in Muskegon

Hoffmaster State Park beach walk along Lake Michigan in Muskegon

Hoffmaster State Park beach walk along Lake Michigan in Muskegon

Hoffmaster State Park beach walk along Lake Michigan in Muskegon

Hoffmaster State Park beach walk along Lake Michigan in Muskegon

Hoffmaster State Park beach walk along Lake Michigan in Muskegon

Hoffmaster State Park beach walk along Lake Michigan in Muskegon

Hoffmaster State Park beach walk along Lake Michigan in Muskegon

Hoffmaster State Park beach walk along Lake Michigan in Muskegon

Hoffmaster State Park beach walk along Lake Michigan in Muskegon

Hoffmaster State Park beach walk along Lake Michigan in Muskegon

Where else in Michigan would you recommend going for an early morning beach walk along Lake Michigan?

The Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier from the “Other” Side

Standing up-top the sand dunes and staring out at the pier, the lighthouses and Lake Michigan in Grand Haven is my favorite spot in all of Pure Michigan. Each time I’m there I also walk the pier to its end passing by both lighthouses. While walking I always see people on the pier across the Grand River Channel fishing or walking.

With all the time I’ve been in Grand Haven I’ve never been over there. On recent road trip along the Lake Michigan coast I was hanging out at North Beach Park just north of town. I said to myself, now is my chance.

I took the short stroll down N. Shore Rd to North Shore Fisherman’s Pier. Immediately after parking in the small lot I was on the pier heading towards the small North Pierhead Inner Light. Low and behold there were fisherman and visitors walking the pier.

Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier viewed from North Shore Fisherman's Pier

Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier viewed from North Shore Fisherman's Pier

Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier viewed from North Shore Fisherman's Pier

Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier viewed from North Shore Fisherman's Pier

Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier viewed from North Shore Fisherman's Pier

Lake Michigan and Grand Haven shoreline from North Shore Fisherman's Pier

Lake Michigan and Grand Haven shoreline from North Shore Fisherman's Pier

As I walked I looked over to the other side of the channel and it was cool to see everything from a different perspective from the dunes and the catwalk to the pier and two lighthouses.

Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier viewed from North Shore Fisherman's Pier

Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier viewed from North Shore Fisherman's Pier

Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier viewed from North Shore Fisherman's Pier

Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier viewed from North Shore Fisherman's Pier

It was a sunny day, but very windy. The waves were crashing onto the pier. People were stopping about half way down, myself included.

Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier viewed from North Shore Fisherman's Pier

Despite that, it was a memorable walk because I finally got to see the Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier from the “other” side!

Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier viewed from North Shore Fisherman's Pier

Tip: It’s a quick twenty minute drive to get here from the other side of the channel and downtown Grand Haven. While you’re there stop at nearby North Beach Park and the North Ottawa Dunes and make an afternoon out of it.

The South Haven Lakeshore By Day.

Up until now I had only been in South Haven, Michigan around sunset. This always made for beautiful and romantic views looking west out into Lake Michigan. On a recent day road trip though I set out to see what the area looked like during the day with the sun shining.

I made the trek towards the shoreline and South Beach just outside of downtown. A recommended place to capture the scene is from up in the hills overlooking everything on Monroe Boulevard. It was time to get out on the open path towards the edge of the hill soon seeing…

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

…the dunes, brush, beach and the blue, vast Lake Michigan. Off in the distance sat the pier and South Haven South Pierhead Light.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

I found myself capturing all of the same photos as before except to sunny skies and daylight. It was great getting a different perspective seeing more of the color of the sand, lighthouse and water. When here at sunset the sky always seems to dominate color-wise. 🙂

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

Anyone for a romantic picnic with those views on the sand and sometimes even in the lakes waters?!

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

Back up top the hill, you’ll find additional romantic opportunities on the park benches lining the street.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

It was now time to walk the pier, under and along the catwalk towards the red lighthouse.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

On the pier I continuously looking forward and behind. There is just something about walking and hanging out along the lake, with the sound of the water that relaxes you. Not seeing land on the other side makes me think I’m in a place far-far away along the ocean. 🙂

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

It was a fun afternoon checking out the South Haven lakeshore for the first time by day. Who knows what time of day, the year and what the weather will be like next time I come this way. Maybe it will give me an additional perspective of this scenic spot.

Checkout the post about my time here at sunset, also detailing more information about the lighthouse, catwalk and area: A Lake Michigan Lighthouse and Sunset in South Haven.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

What beaches and town shorelines would you recommend checking out along Lake Michigan? Anywhere?