Welcome to McGulpin Point

We welcome tens of thousands of visitors to our site each year.
We enjoy meeting people from all over the world and
talking with visitors about the rich history of McGulpin Point.

During the month of July 2020, we will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Masks or face coverings are mandatory inside of the lighthouse and gift shop with only one family/group admitted at a time. The lighthouse attendant can see visitors approach the entrance and will welcome you inside. Please wait outside until the attendant calls you in.
Admission is $3 per person, with children under five years of age admitted at no charge.

NOTICE — McGulpin Point Lighthouse and gift shop will be closed on Tuesday, July 28, due to staffing shortages.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please feel free to enjoy the park grounds and trail down to the shoreline.


McGulpin Point Apartment Living Room

Stay on the Historic McGulpin Point Lighthouse Grounds!

Emmet County is pleased to offer overnight accommodations at the McGulpin Point Cottage on the 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.  


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 …