Welcome to McGulpin Point!

We welcome tens of thousands of visitors to our site each year, and we enjoy talking with you all
and telling you about the rich history of McGulpin Point!
Admission is $3/person. Children under 5 years of age are free.

McGulpin Point Apartment Living Room

Stay on the Historic McGulpin Point Lighthouse Grounds!

Emmet County is pleased to offer overnight accommodations on the McGulpin Point Lighthouse grounds. The secluded apartment, located next to the McGulpin Point Lighthouse, is centrally located near all that Mackinaw City has to offer. Just minutes from downtown Mackinaw City, you will have easy access to restaurants, shops, beaches and the acclaimed Headlands International Dark Sky Park.  


Visit our gift shop for one-of-a-kind treasures!

The gift shop at McGulpin Point Lighthouse and Historic Site is stocked each year with unique treasures that reflect life on the Great Lakes and your visit to McGulpin Point. We carry a wide selection of children's books, shipwreck videos and apparel. We also offer merchandise related to the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, our sister property just down the road. You can find Dark Sky t-shirts, hats and other clothing items, as well as jewelry. We welcome you to browse our gift shop while you're in the Mackinaw City area!


Big Rock, Big Significance

The Big Rock at McGulpin Point   About 390 years ago, pilgrims momentously set foot on the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. and Plymouth Rock was christened an enduring symbol of American settlement. But 395 years ago, French explorers were plying the Straits of Mackinac and using a rock at least five times the size of Plymouth’s to gauge water levels as they navigated in canoes along the tumultuous waters …