Big Sable Point Lighthouse at the Ludington State Park
The black-and-white striped, 112 foot lighthouse at the Ludington State Park stands proudly on the shores of Lake Michigan and remains a testament to lighthouse keepers of the past. Big Sable Point Lighthouse was honored as 2013 Featured Lighthouse of the Year for the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival.
The Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association is launching a fund drive to repair the lighthouse. “Leave a Print in the Sand” hopes to raise $250,000 to make major repairs, including repair of rusted sections, painting the tower, replacing both the roof and more than 700 original bricks. You can purchase a Trex board that will be used in the new walkway around Big Sable Point Lighthouse. Each engraved board costs $100 and allows 25 characters on one line. If you’re interested in helping with this project, visit the SPLKA office in downtown Ludington’s Center for the Arts, or go to splka.org.
Big Sable Point Lighthouse Tours
Directions to Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Follow US-10 west as it turns into Ludington Avenue, turn right onto M-116 and drive north up to the Ludington State Park. Walk 1.8 miles to reach the lighthouse.
Lighthouse History & Facts
Erosion has always been a problem at Big Sable Point, and in 1943, a seawall was built to help control the problem. But because the light was unmanned, the virtually abandoned property deteriorated further. In 1987, the Big Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association was formed, guaranteeing the preservation of this historic landmark. Restoration work began on the seawall, the original Fresnel lens was replaced, the building exterior and tower were painted and floors were refinished.
The Big Sable Point Lighthouse is listed on both the state and national registers of historic places. It is one of the tallest in the state of Michigan at over 100 feet. From May-October, visitors can hike the 1.8 miles from the parking lot to the beach and climb the 130 steps to the top of the tower, which offers a spectacular view. The original keeper’s quarters houses a gift shop, where you can pick up a memento of your visit. Thanks to the Lighthouse Keepers Association, Big Sable Point Lighthouse and three other area lighthouses will continue to beautify the coastline and allow people to enjoy their importance to our maritime history.
Ludington State Park Contact Info
Camping Reservations (Michigan DNR) (800) 447-2757 or Ludington State Park Michigan DNR reservations
Ludington State Park Local Office (231) 843-2423
Concessions & Watercraft Rental (231) 843-1888
Snowshoe Class Reservations/Special Programs (231) 843-9261