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.
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.
It was a sunny day, but very windy. The waves were crashing onto the pier. People were stopping about half way down, myself included.
Despite that, it was a memorable walk because I finally got to see the Grand Haven Lighthouse and pier from the “other” side!
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.
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…
…the dunes, brush, beach and the blue, vast Lake Michigan. Off in the distance sat the pier and South Haven South Pierhead Light.
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. 🙂
Anyone for a romantic picnic with those views on the sand and sometimes even in the lakes waters?!
Back up top the hill, you’ll find additional romantic opportunities on the park benches lining the street.
It was now time to walk the pier, under and along the catwalk towards the red lighthouse.
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. 🙂
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.
What beaches and town shorelines would you recommend checking out along Lake Michigan? Anywhere?
The last stop on my recent day of Michigan lighthouse, beach and park hopping along Lake Michigan was Holland. It followed Musekgon and Grand Haven. Being at Holland State Park, before on this visit I decided to capture some shots first out on the open sandy sidewalk heading towards the north pier.
The sand retreated off the sidewalk onto the beach as I got closer and I soon wound up on…
…the narrow bridge that lead to the pier.
The end of the walking and North Pier Light were in sight.
The narrow pier has no barriers and rocks on both sides. The wind had died down from earlier in the day so it was a stress free walk out on the open pier! 🙂
The pier widens right before the light. I got some closeup shots.
Doing a 180, I see rocks up close, the path traveled and the popular and beautiful “Big Red” Lighthouse.
On the walk back I captured some more shots of “Big Red” which sits opposite the Holland Channel.
What is it with those park benches?! They’re everywhere I tell ya. Of course in a romantic spot. 🙂
It was a great early afternoon walk reacquainting myself with “Big Red” and the beach, north pier and Lake Michigan in Holland. No doubt I will be back again soon.
To get more information on everything, as well as photos from my previous visits checkout Michigan: Holland State Park and the “Big Red” Lighthouse.
Checkout the fun I had at my previous stops on this day again in Michigan: Back to Grand Haven Lighthouse I Go and Michigan: Coastal Muskegon on a Winter Day.
What lighthouse, pier and beach setups have you come across in your travels that you would recommend?
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Tagged beach, Holland, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, Michigan, pier, road trip, state park
Another evening, another stroll over to a lighthouse and Lake Michigan. This time the stop was in South Haven. I arrived at the South Beach right before sunset. What a great spot for a picnic.
My primary motivation for coming here was to checkout the lighthouse and lake. The mix of clouds and sky on this evening, leading to a beautiful sunset, was an added bonus. I walked onto the south pier that ran alongside the beach and headed towards The South Haven South Pierhead Light.
I looked towards the shoreline and beach as I walked.
Others stood on the pier capturing photos as water from the lake waves kept hitting the payment. It was a chilly and windy evening. That just added to the scenery. The path towards the lighthouse took me underneath the catwalk. It is the original catwalk which links the lighthouse to the shore and is one of only four left in Michigan.
I reached the end of the pier and 37-foot high lighthouse. The sky was getting more colorful by the moment.
The current lighthouse became operational in 1903 and a station at this spot dates back to 1872. It marks the entrance to the Black River.
Looking over to the right you can see the north pier light opposite. Another light that looks like a cigarette to me haha.
There’s a splash! 🙂
Doing a 180 there’s the catwalk and behind the sunset lit town.
The sun was almost down. I captured a few more pictures on the pier before heading back onto the beach to watch the sun go below the horizon. The orange colored sky! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. 🙂
I got back in my vehicle and headed onto the elevated Monroe Boulevard along the shoreline to capture some pictures from above. It was pretty dark at this point so I turned on the flash. There is South Haven pier and lighthouse off in the distance.
Of course I ran into a park bench in a beautiful, romantic spot.
It was another great evening venture over to Lake Michigan, this time to South Haven. There is just something about lighthouses, the beach and a Lake Michigan sunset! 🙂
You can checkout some of my other Lake Michigan lighthouse explorations:
Michigan: St. Joseph Lighthouse and Tisconia Park.
Michigan: Holland State Park and the “Big Red” Lighthouse
Michigan: The Lighthouses of Grand Haven
What are some spots that you’ve loved capturing a sunset from in your travels or around home?
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Tagged beach, day trip, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, Michigan, pier, road trip, South Haven, sunset
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…
…dunes. Great views of the lighthouse, pier, Lake Michigan and Grand Haven channel from up-top the sand dunes.
What also caught more of my attention as I was walking on the pier this time was…
…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.
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.
Of course I’m still going to grab more lighthouse shots, like this one of the red inner signal light.
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! 🙂
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Tagged catwalk, Grand Haven, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, Michigan, road trip, sand dunes