Guiding ships from Lake Muskegon to Lake Michigan
There is a narrow strip of water that connects Lake Muskegon to Lake Michigan. This area is protected by two concrete walls stretching into the water. In 1851 the first lighthouse was constructed to help guide ships through this narrow passageway. Two later lights were built in 1903 (South pier light) and 1871 (South breakwater light).
The lighthouses in Muskegon, Michigan are great ones to photograph. There are actually three different lights that you can see from the shore: the South Pier light, the South Breakwater Light and the North Breakwater Light. There is good access for photographers both from the park on Beach Street and from the pier in the Coast Guard station.
It was great to be able to photograph the lights from several different angles. I hope you enjoy this pictorial tour of the Muskegon lights.
photographs by Mary Beth Granger
Muskegon South Pier Lighthouse - Photographed from Beach Street Park
This is a shot of the Lighthouse through the trees. We visited in October when the leaves were just starting to change colors.
Lighthouse through the Branches - Muskegon Lighthouse looking through the tree
I thought this would be an unusual shot of the lighthouse. I lined up the lighthouse through a fork in the tree.
Bring home a lighthouse miniature as a memento of your visit. I love to collect these small lighthouses.
Close up Photo of Lighthouse - Muskegon South Pier Lighthouse
Two Lights Visible - South Breakwater and South Pier
In this view you can see both the South Breakwater light and the South Pier Light.
Lighthouse view from the Pier - South Pier Lighthouse, Muskegon
After we walked through the Coast Guard property we were able to walk down the Pier to the Lighthouse. This is a shot I took from the end of the Pier.
Coast Guard Boat docked across from the pier - Coast Guard access to Lighthouse
To visit the south pier lighthouse you cross through the Coast Guard grounds. This is a photo I took of the Coast Guard boat while we were walking to see the lighthouse.
Three Lights - Muskegon harbor
All three lights are visible in this long view of the lights. You have to look real close to see the small green and white light in the center of the photo.
Reflections - Lighthouse reflected in Water
I love this shot of the lighthouse reflected in the water. I use it for a design on one of my journals entitled Reflections.
Perfect for your seaside retreat, beach vacation home,or for the lighthouse admirer. This elegant nightlight is handpainted with portions of the design being done in clear paint. When turned on this little beauty lights up in all the right places giving you the perfect amount of light.