Little Sable Point Lighthouse at Silver Lake State Park
Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography
Located in the Silver Lake State Park at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, the Little Sable Point Lighthouse is a 107′ brick structure, constructed in 1874. This lighthouse is one of the tallest in the state of Michigan at over 100 feet and 130 steps to climb the tower. About 30 miles north, you can visit the other “Point” along Lake Michigan which is home to the Big Sable Point Lighthouse located within the Ludington State Park.
Lighthouse Accessibility — New to the park is a ten foot wide paved pathway that leads from the parking lot to the lighthouse. This now allows those with physical disabilities and those in wheelchairs to access the base of the lighthouse.
Little Sable Point Lighthouse Tour Hours
Lighthouse Tours were not available in 2020 due to the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus. Stay tuned for the most updated information on tours in 2021!
The Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association maintains the lighthouse, and it is typically open for tours daily from 10am-5pm late May through late September.
There is a $5 donation fee to climb the lighthouse tower; $2 for children 12 & under.
Due to weather conditions and staffing, it may be wise to call ahead at (231) 845-7417, or visit www.splka.org for more information.
Little Sable Point History & Facts
Originally named Petite Pointe Au Sable, it cost $35,000 to build and contained 3 rooms. The rare third order Fresnel lens emitted a constant white light, and flashed a brighter light at set intervals, visible 19 miles into Lake Michigan.
The early 1900s saw some changes to the lighthouse. In 1900 the tower was painted white, and an access road and storage building were added in 1902. The name was changed in 1910 to Little Sable Point Lighthouse, meaning “little point of sand,” representing its location which juts into Lake Michigan. In 1977, the tower paint was removed and the original brick exposed.
Over the years, the lighthouse has had 15 keepers; and for one month, a woman took over when the original keeper took a temporary leave. The Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association took over the maintenance of the lighthouse in 2005, and it is open to the public from late May to late September.
Located on Little Sable Point (Lake Michigan) in Silver Lake State Park, near Mears, Michigan. Go to the end of Silver Lake Road look for the lighthouse parking lot. This is an excellent swimming beach and Lake Michigan produces some great sunsets. The parking lot has close to 200 spaces but during nice weather will most likely be filled by beach users.
The Little Sable Point Lighthouse is part of a Michigan State Park, and an entrance fee is required. Part of the fee helps preserve the lighthouse.
Directions to Little Sable Point Lighthouse
Take US-31 to the Hart exit, then take Polk Road west to 56th.
Go south on Fox then west to 34th and then south to the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, through Silver Lake past the State Park, then follow signs to the lighthouse.