The Siberian American: Lake Michigan Circle Tour: South Haven Lighthouse

Monday, November 30, 2015

Lake Michigan Circle Tour: South Haven Lighthouse

When we decided to do a road trip around Lake Michigan, I was really excited to see all the lighthouses along the coast. The South Haven Lighthouse was high on my list because of its cute red color and proximity to the beach.


The station, officially called the South Haven South Pierhead Light, was first lit in 1873. The lighthouse tower was originally made out of wood but was replaced with a metal tower in 1903 due to the harsh weather. It is still an operational lighthouse, and the beacon can be seen anywhere from 11 to 15 miles depending on weather conditions.


Other than the red color, one of my favorite parts of the South Haven Lighthouse was the catwalk. The catwalk is original and one of only four surviving catwalks in Michigan. It was a windy and foggy day, so we had to be careful, but it was nice to be able to get so close to the lighthouse with beautiful views of Lake Michigan on both sides.


Catch up on our Lake Michigan Circle Tour Road Trip:

14 comments:

  1. What a pretty place. Love your pictures!

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  2. Beautiful! I may be a step behind, but what do they do with the catwalk?

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  3. So cool that you were able to get so close to the lighthouse!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. oh that catwalk is so awesome! love that you can get so close. it does look super windy though haha, i'd be terrified!

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  5. I've loved reading all about your adventures in Michigan, and you're making me want to go there to see all of the fall colors next year! That's so cool that that Lighthouse is one of only four left in Michigan that has the catwalk. If it was a windy or rainy day, you couldn't get me on one of those!

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  6. I love lighthouses! I'm always afraid to climb up the winding staircases though.. they seriously trip me out. I've ended up climbing on all fours before because I was dizzy haha

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  7. Oh my gosh, South Haven looks AMAZING!! Jason is OBSESSED with light houses, this would be a dream for him! These pictures are gorgeous, Olya :)

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  8. You guys have been seeing so many cool things out that way!

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  9. I totally have a thing for light houses! So pretty.

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  10. Such a pretty spot, growing up in New England I've always had a love for lighthouses :)

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  11. The lake looks so pretty. How long does it take to drive around Lake Michigan?

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