Standing just a few hundred yards south of the 45th Parallel, Mission Point Lighthouse is a unique beacon on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay. Guided tours are available of this lighthouse and there are even seasonal opportunities to volunteer and be a lightkeeper at the station!
Built in 1870, Mission Point Lighthouse has found itself to be in a very unique location. The 45th Parallel which is only a found hundred yards north is the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole.
The lighthouse was initially built to warn sailors of the dangerous shoals that lie out in the bay. For over 65 years the lighthouse was used and appreciated by these maritime passerby.
When the lighthouse was deactivated in 1933, it was replaced by a smaller light that was positioned on the shoals. Since 2008, the lighthouse has been open to the public.
Each year applications are accepted for those interested in volunteering at the lighthouse! These volunteers will spend at least one week learning the trade of being a lightkeeper and helping visitors learn about the historic beacon.
Mission Point Lighthouse is located about a 17 miles north of Traverse City. The address is 20500 Center Road. If planning on climbing the tower closed toed shoes are advised.
For more information about admission and hours or to apply for the Lightkeeper program for Mission Point Lighthouse, please visit the official website here.
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