Growing up in the Great Lakes Region, the lakes and water just become part of who you are as a person. Most of your summer may be spent at the lake – and it sometimes doesn’t matter which one when people ask. We all have our favorite destination – and the Great Lakes always will call us back home.
With shorelines dotted with lighthouses, public access beaches and over 3000 miles of shoreline to visit (including inland lakes) – Michigan welcomes locals and tourists to explore and play these beautiful locations. Although some of the lighthouses are now owned by private companies – there are several historical ones you can visit if you are traveling in the area.
The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse is located close to downtown Port Huron. The trolly from the downtown area can take you there for a dime, or you can park in the lot for free. The Lighthouse sits proudly on the shoreline and looking over the entrance to the St Clair River. Guests to the park can actually tour the lighthouse for $10, but remember tickets for each tour are limited and sold first come, first serve.
You can enjoy views of the city, the lake or river area from the lighthouse. Or head through the snow fencing and reach the public beach and play in the beautiful waters of Lake Huron.
If you want to explore the area more, and learn more about the history of the region, industry that helped shape the cities and lives in the area – book your tickets on the Huron Lady II. The 90 minute long boat cruise will leave from it’s dock in Port Huron and take you down the St. Clair River and back under the Blue Water Bridge (the bridge that connects the area to Canada) and through to the tributary to Port Huron.
Your tour will highlight major buildings in the area, history, show you waterside mansions and the Fort Gratiot lighthouse. They do offer drinks and snack food on the boat, but both inside and outside seating is available while you take in the beautiful views in the area.
Any way you experience the water around Port Huron, you’ll quickly see why it has been nicknamed the Blue Water Region with the cerulean blue lake and rivers shining proudly.