Old Mission Point Lighthouse
Old Mission Point Lighthouse was built in 1870 at the end of Old Mission Point, 17 miles north of Traverse City. When Old Mission Point Lighthouse was built, it was an exact duplicate of the Mama Juda Lighthouse, constructed on the Detroit River in 1866. The lighthouse sits almost on the 45th parallel, halfway between the Equator and the North Pole.
The wooden clapboard sided house is painted white with black trim, and a small 30 foot white tower is stationed at the crest of the roofline. The black parapet is made of black cast iron and no longer contains a working light. The kerosene lamp was removed in 1933 leaving the lantern room empty. At that time, electric lights were installed on a nearby tower and were later relocated to an offshore buoy
Since 1948, Old Mission Point Lighthouse has been owned by the Old Mission Township and the structure is now part of the Peninsula Township Park. It is currently a private dwelling for the Park manager and is surrounded by a wooden fence, which unfortunately hides a portion of the lighthouse from the lake.
When visiting the lighthouse be sure to visit Old Mission Point, a lovely village on Traverse City Bay (east). On returning to Traverse City you will find it enjoyable if you take the road that winds around Traverse City Bay (west).
Directions: From the junction of M-37 and US-31 on the east side of Traverse City, follow M-37 north approximately 17 miles to its end, at the parking area for the Old Mission Point Lighthouse.