This black and white striped, 112-foot lighthouse on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan is in Ludington State Park. It’s a 3.6 mile round-trip hike to the light and back. Afternoon light was perfect for this subject but I want to return at sunset next time. My lighthouse trip began in Chicago and continued around Lake Michigan in a clockwise direction. I photographed many of the 102 lighthouses and edited my list of favorites down to eighteen. I started near Evanston, Illinois, and avoided the offshore lights in Chicago’s harbor since they require a boat to reach. Eighteen miles north of Chicago, Grosse Point Lighthouse was the first light I photographed, and “Big Red” at Holland, Michigan, was the end of the loop.
This newsletter issue #135 - Lake Michigan's Lighthouses, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois includes directions, best time of day, a bit of history, and tips on finding the best way to photograph each of the lighthouses. This trip needs very little planning. Fly in and out of Chicago and rent a car. Lodgings and restaurants are easy to find and 25 of the lights are open to the public.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.