Mission Point Lighthouse is no longer
active. Today, a beacon located 2¼ miles offshore from the Mission Point Lighthouse guides vessels into the West Arm of Grand
Traverse Bay. The modern light has a signature
of a white flash every six seconds.
In 2011, a fifth-order Fresnel lens, the same size of lens that was used at Mission Point, was loaned to the lighthouse by the Coast Guard. The lens was formerly in storage in the Sleeping Bear area.
- "Redirected Illumination," Jeffray N. Kessler, Grand Traverse Insider, August 22, 2011.
Located in Peninsula Township Park, at the tip of the peninsula separating the
east and west arms of Grand Traverse Bay.
For a larger map of Mission Point Lighthouse, click the lighthouse in the above map or get a map from: Mapquest.
Instructions: From Highway 31 in Traverse City, take Highway 37 north for 18 miles to the
tip of the peninsula, where you will find the Mission Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse opened to the public starting in June of 2008. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, April through October, and on weekends in November and December. To confirm these times, call (231) 645-0759.
The lighthouse is owned by the Peninsula Township, and short-term keepers are allowed to live in the lighthouse. Grounds open, dwelling/tower open in season.
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