Muskegon South Pier and Breakwater Lights
The narrow strip of water that connects Muskegon Lake to Lake Michigan is protected by two concrete walls stretching out into the water. Between the two breakwaters the Muskegon South Pier Light sits on a short pier on the south side of the channel mouth.
The first light, a wooden structure, was built in 1851 on the keepers dwelling. In 1871, Muskegon South Breakwater Light was rebuilt as a square steel-sided structure and remained with the keepers dwelling. When it was decommissioned in 1903, it was moved to the inner end of the south pier. Standing on the breakwaters today are two smaller lights.
The present day Muskegon South Pier Light was built in 1903. The light is a conical cast iron-sided tower painted fire-engine red for ease of recognition during the daytime. On top of the tower is a parapet and lantern room. The lantern room houses the original fourth order Fresnel lens.
Directions: From US-31 at the point where it junctions with I-96, southeast of Muskegon., take N. Business Route 31 (Seaway Drive) west then north 4.2 miles to Sherman Boulevard. Turn left (west) onto Sherman Boulevard and go 3.2 miles to Beach Street. Turn right (north) onto Beach Street and follow it 1.9 miles to the Pere Marquette Park parking area.