Lake Michigan Lighthouse

Lake Michigan Lighthouse opening for public tours.

Muskegon’s South Pierhead Lighthouse to open Memorial Day weekend 2015.

Lake Michigan Lighthouses help put the “Great” in the Michigan Great Lakes. The rich history of Lake Michigan Lighthouses continues to grow with the opening of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light.

Built in 1903 with the lantern room of the 1870’s light, the Muskegon South Pier Light has only been opened as part of the, “Muskegon Movies on the Beach”,  series over the past few summers (since 2012). But this year it will be opening regularly to the public for the first time in history.

The Muskegon South Pierhead and South Breakwater lighthouses were awarded to the Lake Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy in June of 2010 from the Federal Government for historic preservation. The lighthouses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lighthouses need preservation. They have deteriorated since their original opening in 1903. The US Coast Guard is still in charge of the lights and the fog signal at the top of the light. The Lake Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is in need of donations to help save the lights.  Volunteers interested in helping preserve the lights, giving tours and performing routine maintenance on the lights are encouraged to contact the Lake Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy. Their goal is to get this lighthouse opened and restored, and use the funding from the admissions to restore the Breakwater Light (not yet open to the public).

We are thrilled that The Lake Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is scheduled to open the Muskegon South Pierhead light to the public. Opening date is set for Memorial weekend 2015. The tours will run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. This effort has been five years in the making. The projected schedule includes: Monday-Tuesday: Noon to 4:00 pm. Saturday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  A modest admission is only $4 for adults and $2 Children 12 and younger. We encourage you to consider “rounding up” and making a donation to this unique and worthy cause!

Check out The Lake Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy’s websites at and for additional information and updated schedules.

We are fortunate to have nine magnificent lights within a one-hour drive of the Cocoa Cottage Bed and Breakfast. Six to the south and  three to the north.  Each light is unique in its own right. All beautiful, all interesting historically, and all in need a little love. That is why for each Cocoa Cottage Bed and Breakfast Lighthouse package we sell, a generous donation is made to the Lake Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy in your name. Here is the list of Lights within an hour drive of the Cocoa Cottage Bed and Breakfast.

Enjoy and give generously when you visit any of these unique historic structures!

Saugatuck Lighthouse

Holland Harbor South Pierhead Light

Grand Haven South Pierhead Light

Muskegon South Pierhead Light

Muskegon Old Main Lighthouse

 White River Light Station

 Little Sable Point Lighthouse

Ludington North Pier Light

Big Sable Point Lighthouse