The North and South Pierhead Lights are located in Pentwater along Lake Michigan and are rare pier range light systems along the Great Lakes.
Photo by: Marion Riedl
White River Light Station: More than 100 Years of History
Built in 1875, the White River Light Station is one of four lights operated by Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association. Located in Whitehall, Michigan (about 40 minutes south of Ludington), the Light Station is situated between Lake Michigan and White Lake.
White River Light Station History & Facts
Back in the lumbering days, a channel was dug between these two bodies of water to allow schooners to access the sawmills, adjacent to pine forests. Later, passengers arrived from Chicago on steamships to enjoy summer activities on White Lake.
White River Light Station’s first keeper was Captain William Robinson. He and his wife Sarah and their thirteen children spent 47 years at the Light. Many qualified people followed, including Frances Marshall, the last female lighthouse keeper in Michigan.
The light station was decommissioned in 1960 and became a museum in 1970. Here, you can climb the spiral staircase to the top of the tower or view the original Fourth Order Fresnel lens. There is a $8 donation for adults and $5 for children 17 & under to climb the tower. Open May 21-October 25, 2021. Closed on Mondays.
West Michigan Lighthouse Locations
- Ludington’s North Breakwater Light — Walk the half-mile long pier to West Michigan’s most popular lighthouse.
- North Pierhead Lighthouse in Manistee — At the Manistee beach.
- Little Sable Point Lighthouse — Located at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.
- Big Sable Point Lighthouse — Located in the Ludington State Park.
- Pentwater Pier Head Lights — At the channel to Pentwater Lake.
- Grand Haven Lighthouse — The Grand Haven lighthouse is at the mouth of the Grand River.
- White River Light Station in Whitehall — Operated by the Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers.
More West Michigan Lighthouses...
Little Sable Point Lighthouse is located in the Silver Lake State Parks, home of the sand dunes along Lake Michigan.
The North Pierhead Lighthouse, located in the Victorian Port City of Manistee, stands watch over Lake Michigan.
112-feet of lighthouse awaits you at the Ludington State Park! Take a tour and follow the winding staircase to the top!
Ludington’s North Breakwater Light is the number one lighthouse to see in Michigan! Take a trip along the breakwater path to see it up close!
Built in 1875, this lighthouse is more than a century old and has an enormous amount of history to explore inside its museum.
A site to behold along Lake Michigan, these structures with a rich history give both a sense of safety and a beautiful site.
It’s a site to behold as visitors of the Grand Haven Lighthouse & Pier walk under a string of twinkling lights.