The two range lights, built in 1907 at the North Pier, sit on the mouth of the St. Joseph River and Lake Michigan. The two lights are connected by an elevated catwalk that extends from the shore to the outer lighthouse. This walkway was once used to allow lightkeepers to access the light through rough winters when the waters would reach as high as the catwalk and snow and ice would often freeze around the catwalk and lighthouses.
On a clear day, it’s easy to see the difference in the two bodies of water and where they meet. Families can walk out to the pier and take a self- or one-hour-guided tour of the pier and lighthouses. The guided tour allows visitors to learn the history of the lighthouse, as well as climb to the top of the inner lighthouse for amazing Lake Michigan and Silver Beach views.
Many locals often spend time fishing off the pier, so bring a fishing pole if you’re interested.
10 a.m. Friday and Saturday for guided tours Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. Open to explore 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday
Age or Height Restrictions
Children must be at least 45 inches tall in order to climb the ladder to the top of the lighthouse lantern.
Things to Know/Bring
The climb to the top of the lighthouse includes a spiral staircase and a metal rail ladder. All tour visitors are asked to sign a waiver. Closed-toe shoes are recommended, but not required.
There’s a paid parking lot available.