Day Two – Lighthouse Tour: Point Betsie Light
Point Betsie Light Station is very easy to find, with signage on the main road and a short drive out to its property. The station has a very identifiable structure and color scheme with a burnt red roof and green trim. Tours are available, but of course we didn’t make it in time to see the inside. Walking out to the water, the lighthouse is blocked off, by a retaining wall and fence, only allowing us to see it from a distance. Following some fellow tourists we started to climb up the sand mound for our signature picture only to find the no trespassing fence buried by the sand…so taking our chance we took a couple steps over, took our picture and left. Later during some research on the lighthouse we found that the Assistant Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters is available for rent! With stunning views of Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Manitou Islands we think we might have found our next getaway! We recommend making your way out to see the light station and visiting the Point Betsie website for more information on renting the facility, or donating to the all-volunteer Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse, who manage public access to this still operating federal light.