Michigan Lighthouse Tours


Soo Locks Lighthouse Cruise - Phone: 800-432-6301
The Soo Locks Lighthouse Cruise is an adventurous 4 1/2 experience in maritime navigation offered by Soo Locks Boat Tours. Tour through the Soo Locks, right alongside the giant ships and venture into Whitefish Bay. View the Gros Cap Reef Lighthouse in Canadian waters and the American Point Iroquois Lighthouse. Many other sights pointed out by a live narration. Also available is a Lower St. Mary’s River Lighthouse Cruise covering a distance of 45 miles between Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Detour, Michigan.  The lighthouses of the lower St. Mary’s River are showcased on this adventurous cruise.  Return transportation is provided via motor coach.


Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises - Phone: 800-828-6157
Explore the Lighthouses of the Straits of Mackinac with Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry. Every Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruise is a true learning experience. Guests are treated to awe-inspiring views and learn of shipwrecks, navigation methods, and fascinating historical accounts of these guardians of the Great Lakes.  Shepler’s donates 10% of all proceeds to the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association to assist in their preservation efforts.

Detour Reef Lighthouse Tours – Phone: (906) 493-5648 tours@drlps.com
Tours to the DeTour Reef Lighthouse include boat transportation to and from the DeTour Harbor Marina, light refreshments at the lighthouse and a guided tour.  Each tour is limited to six individuals, assuring personal attention by the tour guides.  The tours are approximately two hours long.  Visitors will have the opportunity to tour all spaces of the lighthouse. The tours are led by trained Detour Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society tour guides and the resident DeTour Reef Lighthouse Keepers.

Copper Harbor Lighthouse Tours -
Marina: 906-289-4966 - May through October
Business Office: 906-337-2310 - November through April
The single tour encompasses a total lighthouse experience, including a ride in a boat similar to an early 20th century lighthouse launch. The narrated boat cruise will take you through Copper Harbor's once bustling port on the way to one of Michigan's oldest lighthouses. Restored to its original 1866 beauty overlooking the majesty of Lake Superior, you are met by a staff member from the Michigan Department of History who will assist you through the interior complete with furnishings from the 1866 era.

Glass Bottom Boat Shipwreck Tours – (906) 387-4477
In addition to viewing over a half a dozen shipwrecks in the outlying Munising Harbor area, a close up view of the East Channel Lighthouse is gained aboard the glass bottom tour boat.  The old wooden lighthouse built around 1870 resembles a small country church on the water’s edge.

Beaver Island Ferry – (888) 446-4095; info@bibco.com
The Beaver Island Boat Company has been providing the most relaxing, affordable transportation to Beaver Island for over 25 years.  A trip aboard one of our ferries is a must for those who believe the journey should be just as wonderful as the destination.  Enjoy a 2 hour boat ride across 32 miles of Lake Michigan in one of our open air decks or relax in a passenger cabin.  Beaver Island offers a natural holiday with pristine woods and isolated beaches.  There are various hiking and biking trails to explore.  Fine dining, hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts and cottage rentals await those looking for an extended getaway.  Guided Tours of “America's Emerald Isle” will enable you to see two beautiful lighthouses, often considered a highlight for visitors.  You’ll also enjoy beautiful scenery and intriguing history on the tour.  Tours range from a simple, yet informative one and one half hour tour of the northern end of the Island, to a more extensive three hour tour of the entire Island.

Rock Harbor Lodge and MV Sandy – (906) 337-4993 Summer; (866) 644-2003
A true adventure awaits you across the waters of Lake Superior.  Aboard the MV Sandy you can see two distinct lighthouses on two separate adventures.  One tour takes you to the Rock Harbor Lighthouse.  On the other voyage you will see the Passage Island Light.  Both lighthouses are part of Isle Royale National Park and are open to the public.  A regular schedule operates from the end of May through the first week of September.  The nearby Rock Harbor Lodge provides visitors accommodations in this unique National Park.  There are rooms with private baths, cottages.  There is also a dining room, snack bar, gift shop, dockside store, marina, rental motor boats, kayaks and canoes, guided fishing and sightseeing tours.  See the website for information.



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