Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore interprets the stories associated with the U.S. Lighthouse Service, U.S. Life Saving Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Facilities at Munising, Sand Point, Au Sable Point, and Grand Marais are dedicated to this history. They date from 1874 at the Au Sable Light Station through 1975 at the Munising Range Light, and include contemporary aids to navigation.
Au Sable Light Station
Munising U.S. Coast Guard Station
Munising Front Range Light and Auxiliary Station
Munising Rear Range Light
NPS photo by Ed Lasich
Located at E22030 Coast Guard Point Road, Grand Marais, Michigan
The U.S. Coast Guard opened this station in 1938, replacing a structure built in 1899 by the U.S. Life Saving Service. The Coast Guard deactivated the station in 1981, and transferred the property to the National Park Service.
The three story wood frame building overlooks Lake Superior, and currently serves as a ranger station for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. A keepers quarters is nearby as well as the Harbor of Refuge building. more...
Grand Marais Harbor of Refuge
Additional maritime history websites
National Park Service Maritime Heritage Program
Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy
Seeing the Light - Lighthouses of the Western Great Lakes
Fyddeye - Discover and Share your Maritime History
Lighthouse Tours - United States Lighthouses
Did You Know?
The Schoolcraft/Munising Blast Furnace operated from 1869 to 1877. It produced many tons of pig iron for post Civil War continental expansion. Only ruins remain at this National Register of Historic Places site, located at Munising Falls in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. More...