Guiding ships and attracting visitors for over a century
Established in 1839, two lights on the south pier, both painted red, are connected by a lighted catwalk that also connects them to the shore and the Grand Haven Boardwalk. The inner light is cylindrical, and the foghouse outer light stands on a huge concrete foundation. People often enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk that borders the Grand River channel and the pier, making the Grand Haven lighthouses one of the most photographed lighthouses in the Midwest. The Grand Haven pier is also a popular spot for fishing and catching the sunset.
You can access the Grand Haven pier to see the lighthouses up close via the Grand Haven Boardwalk or from Grand Haven State Park. While the lighthouses are not currently open for tours, you can learn more about the lights and the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy’s efforts to preserve and restore them here.
United States Lighthouse Society – Lighthouse Passport Program
Lighthouse ‘hunting’ is an addicting hobby, one shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the globe. The Lighthouse Passport Program provides enthusiasts the opportunity to help preserve lighthouse as well as a wonderful way to keep a pictorial history of their lighthouse adventures. Small donations made by Passport holders generates thousands of dollars for lighthouse restoration and preservation projects. By joining the free Passport Club you become part of a large group of individuals and families seeking unique Lighthouse Passport Stamps as a fun and educational activity.
Grand Haven is a US Lighthouse Society stamp location and you can get your passport stamped at the Grand Haven Area Visitors Center at 225 Franklin Ave. in downtown Grand Haven during regular business hours. Here you can also pick up lighthouse maps and purchase a US Lighthouse Society passport for $15.
Want an inside look at the Grand Haven lighthouse? Check out our video!