Since 1804, when the first of hundreds where built in the Great Lakes, Lighthouses have been guiding ships around traitorous shores, reefs and shoals to distant fresh water ports. Even today, with all the modern navigational tools, such as radar and G.P.S., the Lighthouses still play a vital roll in safe passage of any vessel that sails the Great Lakes. Here you will find a seemingly endless resource of historical information and photography of the many Lighthouses in the Great Lakes Region along with various others throughout the world. Also included are various Lightships that were predecessors to many of these lighthouses.

Our information is thoroughly researched with feature stories posted regularly so be sure to visit often.

Latest Updates: 12/09/06

Presque Isle – Superior

Grand Island East – Superior

Copper Harbor – Superior

Marquette Harbor – Superior

Ausable Point – Superior

Grand Marai – Superior

Bete Grise – Superior

Eagle Harbor – Superior

Grand Island West – Superior

Munising – Superior

Point Iroquois – Superior

With keeping Midwest Connection free to the public, we would like to offer you the opportunity to share your maritime adventures with other enthusiasts. Submit your own photographs and stories of Lighthouses throughout the world to become a part of Midwest Connection’s educational website. We are always looking for photographs to publish with recognition given to every author and photographer. No photographs or images are released to any third party.

Email jpeg images with related information to:

Snail Mail photographs to: Midwest Connection, l.l.c. P.O. Box 230258, Fair Haven, MI 48023

Please include a statement allowing Midwest Connection l.l.c. to use your photographs for the web site.


We offer (5) ways to easily navigate our web site:

Region – Lets you pick through a series of regions, starting with the entire U.S.A., to narrow down your search.

Index – An alphabetical listing of Lighthouses throughout the Midwest. Just click on the name in the listing to view a particular Lighthouse.

Coastline Tours – With this regional map you pick one of the colored tours. This will then walk you through a series of Lighthouses in that tour. Great for planning trips to see a series of Lighthouses.

Previous / Next Buttons – Selecting one of these buttons, on any of the Lighthouse pages, will take you to the next or previous Lighthouse along that particular shoreline. Note: left arrow takes you – upstream / right arrow takes you- downstream. This starts in Duluth, MN flowing toward Chicago on Lake Michigan and the Atlantic Ocean with all others.

Search – Type in what your looking for and let the system work for you.

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We would like to give a “Special Thank You” to the following:

Debbie Westin – for photograph donations

Roy Westin – for photograph donations & research material

Marcia Adamski – for photograph donations

Merle Bishop – for photograph donations & research material

Patricia Zyczynski – for photograph donations

Sue Cesarz – for photograph donations

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Authors / Photographers: Keith W. Churill (Webmaster/Designer) & Jeffrey W. Churill (Designer)

Michigan Lighthouses – John Penrod, 1993, Penrod/Hiawatha Co., Berrien Center, MI 49102

Great Lakes Lighthouses, American & Canadian – Wes Oleszewski, 1998, Avery Color Studios, Inc., Gwinn, MI 49841

The Northern Lights – Charles K. Hyde, 1986, Two Peninsula Press, Lansing, MI

Tybee Island Museum and Light Station Guide – 1999, Tybee Island Historic Society, P.O. Box 366, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Florida Lighthouses – Hartnett House Map Publishers, P.O. Box 41, Freeport, Maine 04032

Ponce De Leon Inlet Lightstation Museum Guide – 1999, Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, Inc., 4931 South Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127

Gasparilla Island State Recreation Area Guide – 1996, Barrier islands GEO Park, P.O. Box 1150, Boca Grande, FL 33921

Martin Reef – Lightship to Lighthouse – John J. Sellman, 1995, Les Cheneaux Historical Association, P.O. Box 301, Cedarville, MI 49719

Lightships and Lightship Stations of the United States Government: Reference Notes – Willard Flint – 1989, U.S. Coast Guard