The only lighthouse on Alpena’s coastline is a skeletal structure called "The Alpena Light." View it from the transient docks at the Alpena City Harbor (989) 354-4181. Take a boat tour to see the tower and building on Middle Island, or experience the life of a keeper by spending the night. Call (989) 884-2722. One of the oldest light stations on Lake Huron is located on Thunder Bay Island. Call (989) 356-6743 for more information. Two of the oldest and most interesting lighthouses on the shores of Lake Huron are located within one mile of each other in Presque Isle, about 20 miles north of Alpena. The "Old Light" was built in 1840 and the "New Light" was built in 1870. Towering 113 feet above Lake Huron, the "New" is the tallest light structure on Lake Huron. Other nearby lighthouses include the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse near Rogers City and the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse near Harrisville. Most lighthouses are open mid-May through mid-October. A self-guided driving tour of key northern Lake Huron lighthouses coastline destinations is available at the Community Development Building at 235 W. Chisholm St. in Alpena. The tour follows the journey of the Durston during the Great Storm of 1913. For more information, call (989) 354-4181.
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17th Annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival
October 11-14, 2012
Great fall colors and the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival combine for a smashing celebration of these beacons that symbolize maritime history. Tours, displays, entertainment, and educational programs highlight this popular program.