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South Haven Lighthouse-a Light for all Seasons

Updated on November 21, 2014
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Lighthouse at South Haven, Michigan

The lighthouse in South Haven, Michigan has been welcoming water traffic for over 135 years. It is a wonderful bright red steel tower that stands at the end of the pier with a catwalk leading up to it.

It was a windy day when we were there and it was beautiful to see the waves splashing up against the lighthouse. Although we were there in early October before the freezing temperatures, I have seen photos of the lighthouse encrusted in ice. It must be quite a site to behold.

In this lens, I will share photographs that I took while visiting South Haven, along with winter shots from other photographers.


photos by mbgphoto unless otherwise stated

South Haven Lighthouse - Beautiful Red Steel Tower

The lighthouse in South Haven is on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth to the Black River.

The current 35 foot tower has been operating in South Haven since 1903, when it replaced a wooden frame tower that was built in 1872.

View from end of Pier - Long Catwalk

The long catwalk helps to maintain the lighthouse when the lower level becomes too icy to walk upon.

The long pier is a great way for visitors to walk out to visit the lighthouse when it is not too windy.

Minature of Lighthouse - South Haven Lighthouse

Spoontiques Lighthouse - South Haven South Pierhead, MI
Spoontiques Lighthouse - South Haven South Pierhead, MI

Great minature of the South Haven Lighthouse. I like the sailboat on this model.

 

Visiting the Lighthouse - A Windy walk out the Pier

The day we visited South Haven was a clear, but chilly fall day. As you can see in the photo the waves were beating up against the pier. It was a cold walk down the long pier to see the lighthouse up close.

Shopping near the Lighthouse - A small Friendly Town

The city of South Haven was a friendly little town. Up the hill from the lighthouse were several different shops and restaurants. It was a very pleasant time walking around the town and visiting the shops. Everyone was very friendly and very proud of their town.

We stopped at a small cafe and had a great bowl of chowder. A wonderful way to spend a fall day!

View from on top of the Hill - As seen from Shopping Area

As you walk down the street in the shopping district you get some great views of the lighthouse. I couldn't resist stopping and taking a few more photos.

Small Light in the Harbor - Across from the Bright Red Tower

This small light also helps to guide the way into the harbor.

© 2009 Mary Beth Granger

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    • sharonbellis profile image

      Sharon Bellissimo 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Great pictures. I love the video showing the waves hitting the lighthouse.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      absolutely love the photos, really beautiful - and what a nice place as well "Southhaven" - my street name has the word "haven" in it :)

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      There is something very special about lighthouses - we do all love them, don't we. I've so much enjoyed reading about yours and about Southhaven. I'll probably never see it for myself, but this is definitely the next best thing!

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      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      Another nostalgia lens with a piece of history - Lighthouse!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      Another Great Lens! I love the Ice Encrusted Lighthouse picture.

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      Wir55 

      9 years ago

      NIce lens. And thanks for your comments on my healthy recipes one. I added the guestbook. I missed that. thanks

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      luvmyludwig lm 

      9 years ago

      welcome to the Squidoo Skidoo Group! Beautiful lens

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      luvmyludwig lm 

      9 years ago

      welcome to the Squidoo Skidoo Group! Beautiful lens

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful photos and I agree the ice encrusted lighthouse is just amazing!

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      Kay 

      9 years ago

      Your photos are beautiful. Very nice lens

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      Gordon N Hamilton 

      9 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      As a former sea fisherman, I well know the value of lighthouses. Great photos and great lens.

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      Gordon N Hamilton 

      9 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      As a former sea fisherman, I well know the value of lighthouses. Great photos and great lens.

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