• Mission Point Lighthouse is located on the 45th Parallel, which is halfway between the North Pole & the Equator. As of April 2020, admission fees (May-October, November weekends)– First floor of museum FREE, however, there is a small fee to see the 5th Order Fresnel lens, 2nd-floor museum and experience the stair climb to the tower with awesome beach views:$4 each – ages 13+, $2 each – ages 6-12, FREE for ages 5 and under  (parking is always FREE)

    HOURS: 10-5 daily, November weekends only (Fri-Sun) Noon-4. *All proceeds from admissions benefit the Mission Point Lighthouse and its preservation, restoration, and interpretation.NOTE: The lighthouse gift shop does not sell beverages or food, no dogs or strollers allowed inside the lighthouse. The lighthouse has NO indoor public toilet facilities, however, the park grounds have outdoor ​toilets.  For up-to-date information visit the park’s website: www.missionpointlighthouse.com



Mission Point Lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan 

Visit the Mission Point Lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula and you will be standing on the 45th Parallel, which is halfway between the North Pole & the Equator. The adorable white lighthouse is tourable, however, one doesn’t need to visit the self-guided historical museum to enjoy the park and magnificent natural views of Lake Michigan.  Visitors can walk the park trails or walk along the beach, however, as of April 2020 the high waters have taken away much of the sandy beach area (see images below for April 2020 beach pictures). When you are there, take a peek into the historic Hessler Log Cabin- see picture below. Take a picnic, bird watch, or simply relax in nature. This is also a great spot to watch the sunset! 

The scenic drive out Old Mission Peninsula gives a sense of the mix of agriculture, beauty, and homes that make up our region- On a beautiful day, jump in the car, drive past Cherry Orchards, stop by a few wineries and head out Center Road (M-37)… At the North tip of the peninsula, about 17 miles out, you will find iconic The Mission Point Lighthouse and park. The lighthouse itself has been a symbol of Old Mission and Traverse City for decades- established in 1870. 

Directions: Drive North on Center Road (M-37) up the Old Mission Peninsula about 17 miles- hit the end of the road to find a parking lot for the Mission Point Lighthouse and park. Click here for a map of the bike route up to Mission Point Lighthouse from Traverse City. See map below…



  • Once you arrive at The Grand Traverse Lighthouse there is ample parking and lots of picnic tables for enjoying an afternoon snack. There are also restrooms and a great play structure for kids. 
  • As of April 2020, the cost for lighthouse admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children (6-12) and 5/under are free.  A Recreation Passport is required to enter the State Park. For up-to-date information visit the park’s website: www.grandtraverselighthouse.com
  • There are some great campsites directly on the waterfront. Reservations for the campground can be made by online at www.midnrreservations.com

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse 

Located at the Northern tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, inside Leelanau State Park, 9 miles North of the town of Northport, is The Grand Traverse Light House. The lighthouse itself has been restored and is open to the public, and there is a cute little gift shop (open daily from May through October and weekends in November). In addition to the lighthouse, visitors can enjoy a beautiful hike, swimming, sunsets, fishing, and nature observation in the park.

Campsites that are directly on the waterfront are available for reservation, they are complete with their own fire pit for making s’ mores or cooking hot dogs! Comprised of 1,500 acres of breathtaking Lake Michigan shoreline and woods, Leelanau State Park offers 55 rustic campsites, three mini cabins, 8.5 miles of hiking/skiing trails, a playground for kids, public restrooms, and a picnic area. The highlight of visiting is the views of Lake Michigan, Cathead Bay, Grand Traverse Bay, and the Manitou Passage.

From the map it looks like there is a lot of sandy beach to the left of the lighthouse, however, recently the water levels are high and some of these shoreline trails are covered by the fresh waters of Lake Michigan. 

Directions: The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is 35 miles north of Traverse City.  Take M-22 from Traverse City to Northport.  Then follow the “Lighthouse” signs through Northport on M-204 which flows into Lighthouse Pt. Rd.  Continue on Lighthouse Pt. Rd. following the “Leelanau State Park” signs to the very end. See map below…