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Huron Island Light
Courtesy of Huron Island Lighthouse Preservation Association

Location: Grand Marais, Upper Peninsula, Michigan.

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Driving Directions: Huron Islands are 3.25 miles north of the Upper Peninsula Michigan. 18 miles northwest on Big Bay Michigan. Accessible by boat.

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The Huron Island Lighthouse, constructed in 1868, still stands today atop Huron Island, the second largest island of the Huron Islands chain in southern Lake Superior.  The lighthouse was built to guide vessel traffic between Marquette and Pequaming, and between the L'Anse/Baraga and Houghton/Hancock ports via the Portage entry in the state of Michigan.
The lighthouse is approximately three miles north of Huron Point and the Huron Mountains, some twenty miles east of the Keweenaw Peninsula.  Graced by regional history and natural beauty, the Huron Island Lighthouse has long been considered a local historic treasure.


No public access to the islands is available at this time.  Local residents and visitors take private boats out to the islands.  Those who travel to the islands should be familiar with the surrounding waters and be aware of the location of reefs before attempting to navigate a landing on the islands.


The Huron Island Lighthouse Preservation Association (HILPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historical and architectural features of the lighthouse and adjacent properties for future generations.  HILPA was organized by local residents in January of 1999 in response to growing concern over the condition of the lighthouse and its adjacent buildings.  Over the years, the structure and foundation of the lighthouse have been eroded by the elements, fire, and vandalism.   If the lighthouse is to be saved, restoration work must begin soon.  Once HILPA has completed a feasibility study to determine which restoration projects are most pressing, it will prioritize those repairs that need to be completed.  We expect that some of our most immediate goals will be repairs on the lighthouse roof and vents and stabilization of the building.