Welcome to the 2015 Season!


The 2015 season at McGulpin Point Lighthouse is under way and we look forward to seeing you at this historic Emmet County landmark site! We are open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. There is no admission charge, though donations are accepted and appreciated. We will be open through October 2015.

Visitors in 2015 can expect some new additions to the property, including a shipwreck informational display outside and  a new Discovery Trail that leads from the lighthouse to the Straits of Mackinac interpreting the history of the property from the earliest Native Americans 9,000 years ago to the arrival of the McGulpins in the 1700s. The gift shop is stocked with new items and also souvenirs and apparel for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, which is just a short distance from McGulpin Point.

Boy Scouts are also working on reconstructing a replica barn on the property; this follows on their other significant projects at the site including reconstruction of a wellhouse and a gazebo at the shoreline.

An enhanced self-guided cell phone tour, provided by TourSphere, is available throughout the grounds, offering more background on this important historical property in Northern Emmet County. (The cell phone tour is also available throughout the Village of Mackinaw City and Mackinaw’s Heritage Village, at the Headlands, Cecil Bay, Pellston Regional Airport, in Alanson at several stops, Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga and along the Bear River in Petoskey; look for the signs).  Take the tour from your computer or smartphone by going to emmetcounty.toursphere.com

Thank you for your support of and interest in McGulpin Point Lighthouse and Historic Site!

Discovery Trail

McGulpin Point Discovery Trail: An intriguing historical journey through generations

The new Discovery Trail at McGulpin Point will bring you back to 9,000 years ago, when our earliest inhabitants lived among these forests and made it their home. Walk the trail to discover native warriors who tread this ground and impacted world-wide events, and later meet the McGulpin ancestors who were the first Europeans to settle this property along the Straits of Mackinac. We hope you enjoy this journey through time at one of Emmet County's, and Michigan's, most important historical landmark sites.


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 created just for the Headlands by Silver Loon 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…