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Michigan: Back to the Grand Haven Lighthouse I Go.

Grand Haven is a small Lake Michigan town along the west coat of Michigan. It’s one of the many places I keep going back to over-and-over again because of its beauty. It was the second stop on a recent day of lighthouse, beach and park hopping along Lake Michigan after Muskegon.

I decided on this visit to grab some shots of things I hadn’t really before. Like the sand and…

Grand Haven Lighthouse, pier, Michigan, Lake Michigan

…dunes. Great views of the lighthouse, pier, Lake Michigan and Grand Haven channel from up-top the sand dunes.

Grand Haven Lighthouse, pier, Michigan, Lake Michigan

Grand Haven Lighthouse, pier, Michigan, Lake Michigan

Grand Haven Lighthouse, pier, Michigan, Lake Michigan

Grand Haven Lighthouse, pier, Michigan, Lake Michigan

What also caught more of my attention as I was walking on the pier this time was…

Grand Haven Lighthouse, pier, Michigan, Lake Michigan

…the catwalk that connections the lighthouse to the mainland. I walked underneath and alongside as I descended towards the lighthouses. The catwalk is one of only four left that you’ll find in Michigan.

Grand Haven Lighthouse, pier, Michigan, Lake Michigan

Grand Haven Lighthouse, pier, Michigan, Lake Michigan

Grand Haven Lighthouse, pier, Michigan, Lake Michigan

Grand Haven Lighthouse, pier, Michigan, Lake Michigan

Reflection shots of the water on the pier that came up from the lake. The winds always seem to be whipping up in these parts.

Grand Haven Lighthouse, pier, Michigan, Lake Michigan

Grand Haven Lighthouse, pier, Michigan, Lake Michigan

Of course I’m still going to grab more lighthouse shots, like this one of the red inner signal light.

Grand Haven Lighthouse, pier, Michigan, Lake Michigan

It was a great time as always hanging along the lake and channel in Grand Haven. To get more information on the lighthouses themselves, as well as photos from my previous visits checkout Michigan: The Lighthouses of Grand Haven.

Also checkout the fun I had at my first stop of this day again in Michigan: Coastal Muskegon on a Winter Day. It was off to Holland next. Stay tuned! 🙂

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?