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 boardwalk and view the lighthouses from the beach at Grand Haven State Park. Another way to see the lighthouses, is from the north pier which is accessible via North Shore Drive in Ferrysburg. There is a public parking lot located on the north side of the river channel.
Here is the original timeline on the pier project and Save The Catwalk campaign from 2017:
November 18, 2017 – $20k donation made to Save The Catwalk campaign
November 13, 2017 – Fashion show fundraiser tops $10,000
November 9, 2017 – Save the Catwalk campaign surges toward completion
October 3, 2017 – Grand Haven is $140K away from its $1M pier catwalk fundraising goal
July 28, 2017 – Grand Haven pier project pushed back again
June 9, 2017 – Fall Finish Forecasted
April 18, 2017 – Chipping away at the pier project
April 15, 2017 – How you can help Save the Catwalk
April 11, 2017 – Pier repair project to resume soon
March 28, 2017 – Halfway there; saving the Grand Haven Pier
March 1, 2017 – $550K mark reached in Grand Haven catwalk fundraiser
February 9, 2017 – Work to begin soon on next step of rehab project
January 25, 2017 – Grand Haven’s path toward a restored Lake Michigan pier catwalk
January 17, 2017 – City OKs $310 catwalk repair project
January 11, 2017 – City close to making catwalk repair decision
Want an inside look at the Grand Haven lighthouse? Check out our video!
End of August 2019 – The restoration of the catwalk is complete.
Find the latest updates on the catwalk 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.