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What's New
Ambitious few are turning lighthouses into living spaces
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (9/14)
Since 2000, the federal government has sold more than 100 lighthouses to private buyers, many of whom are turning them into livable spaces.

Cruises take enthusiasts to hard-to-find Lake Superior lighthouses
The Daily Mining Gazette (7/14)
Passengers aboard the Isle Royale Queen IV had to brave some rain and clouds recently to get a good look at the Manitou Island and Gull Rock lighthouse in Lake Superior.

Historic lighthouse to return to Lake Erie waterfront
The Toledo Blade (7/7)
A restored 1896 lighthouse will soon return to the Port Clinton, Ohio waterfront as a beacon for visitors and history lovers.

Minnesota's Lake Superior North Shore offers lighthouses, trails
Journal Sentinel (5/2)
The North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota offers plenty of outdoor activities and historical sites.

Raffle offers rare chance to scale Mackinac Bridge, view Great Lakes from above
MLive (4/21)
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association is holding a raffle which will give the winner and a friend the experience to scale the Mackinac Bridge and view the Straits of Mackinac from above.

Ice now receding at Holland State Park as warmer weather approaches
MLive (3/29)
Ice and snow begin to subside around the Holland Harbor Lighthouse at Holland State Park on the Lake Michigan shore.

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General Resources
Great Lakes Lighthouse Guide
Midwest Connection
Provides information on lighthouses around the Great Lakes region as well as lighthouse tours.

Great Lakes Lighthouses: Photo Gallery
Sweetwater Visions
A photo gallery of images taken by Great Lakes photographers, John and Ann Mahan.

Great Lakes Lights
Lighthouses on Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior.

Great Lakes Lights
USALights.com
Listing of lighthouses on each of the Great Lakes and on Detroit River, Georgian Bay, St. Clair River, Green Bay, St. Lawrence. Lake St. Clair and the Straights Of Mackinac.

Lake Erie Lighthouse Map
Night Beacon
Interactive Lake Erie Lighthouse map, linked to corresponding lighthouse pictures and history.

Lake Huron Lighthouse Map
Night Beacon
Interactive Lake Huron Lighthouse map, linked to corresponding lighthouse pictures and history.

Lake Michigan Lighthouse Map
Night Beacon
Interactive Lake Michigan Lighthouses map, linked to corresponding lighthouse pictures and history.

Lake Superior Lighthouse Map
Night Beacon
Interactive Lake Superior Lighthouse map, linked to corresponding lighthouse pictures and history.

Legendary Lighthouses of the Western Great Lakes
A companion site to the PBS series which explores the history, legends, lore, and workings of lighthouses along the Great Lakes shorelines as well as around the country.

Lighthouses of the Great Lakes
Image and information galleries of lighthouses in the Great Lakes region.

Lighthouses: A Photographic Journey
Internet Public Library
An independent project that melds the work of photographer and lighthouse enthusiast Donald W. Carter with a comprehensive guide to the lighthouses of Michigan, Great Lakes, America and the world.

Seeing The Light: Lighthouses of the Western Great Lakes
Join lighthouse buffs Terry and Sue Pepper on a voyage of discovery around the Great Lakes and through history. This site features photography, research and observations of lighthouses on lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron.

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State and Provincial Resources
MICHIGAN
Mendota Light Station
Located on Keweenaw Peninsula in Bete Grise, the light station was renovated in 1998 and shines once again.

Michigan Lighthouse Project
Established in 1998, the project's mission is to increase public and governmental awareness of lighthouse preservation issues and identify ways to ensure the long-term preservation of Michigan's lighthouses.

MINNESOTA
Split Rock Lighthouse
Minnesota Historical Society
Located in Two Harbors, Minn., shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark's construction.

NEW YORK
Buffalo Light: Guardian of the Harbor
Buffalo History Works
An interactive sight providing historical facts, photographs and preservation information regarding the lighthouse.

WISCONSIN
Lighting the Outer Limits
Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine
Parks Friends kindled interest to restore Wisconsin's oldest public lighthouse on Lake Michigan, the Pottawatomie (or Potawatomi) Lighthouse in Door County.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Historic Sites in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Islands in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes Region

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