Four Great Locations in the Blue Water Area


Fort Gratiot Light Station


Keeping History Burning Bright

Fort Gratiot, named after General Charles Gratiot, the engineer in charge of its construction, was established in 1814 to guard the juncture of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River.

The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in Michigan and the second oldest on the Great Lakes. The first lighthouse in this area was built in 1825 and was located approximately where the first Blue Water Bridge stands. Due to poor construction and a storm, it collapsed in 1828. In 1829, a new lighthouse was built north of the military fort by Lucius Lyon, who later became one of Michigan's first U.S. Senators. The new location made it easier for ships to spot as they entered the rapids at the head of the St. Clair River.

Originally seventy-four feet high, the white painted brick tower was extended to its present height of eighty-six feet in the early 1860s.

The first official lighthouse keeper, Colonel George McDougall, Jr., served from 1825 until his death in 1842.

The green flashing light that was automated in 1933 may be seen for seventeen miles. The two-story brick lighthouse keeper's house, with its hipped gable roof and pointed gothic porch, was built in 1874.

Today, a Coast Guard station and the lighthouse watch over one of the busiest waterways in the world.

Plan your events on the grounds now.  Please contact Anita at 810-982-0891 ext. 118.  We are also offering overnights for groups of 20 or more.  Please consider us in your planning.



Believed to be the oldest known photo of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. Taken in 1871, it shows the original lighthouse keeper's quarters, which was dismantled during the construction of the new duplex keepers' dwelling.  (July 1873)

Taken by photographer Louis Pesha, circa 1910, and shows the old station boathouse in the lower left hand corner.  The two original fog signal buildings had been moved behind the duplex dwelling.  

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Hours of Operation:
Sept 3, 2013 through Oct 28, 2013 –
Friday - Monday 11am-5pm.
Oct 29, 2013 through Dec 15, 2013 –
Friday - Sunday 11am-5pm.
Dec 16, 2013 through May 2, 2014 - Closed

*All sites open to groups of 20 or more people by appointment, year round.*


2802 Omar Street (at the East end of Garfield St.)

Port Huron, MI

Phone 810-824-3246
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Cost of Tour/Lighthouse climb


$7.00 - Adults
$7.00 - Seniors (60+)
$7.00 - Students
$30.00 - Family Admission
(2 adults and up to 4 children)
Children age 4 & under are free

Be a part of history! Please help us in maintaining the Lighthouse so that public exhibitions can be opened. The Deed Signing on September 2, 2010 brought us closer, but we still need your help. Please consider becoming a ‘Friend of the Lighthouse’ by calling 810-982-0891 ext. 110.

Overnights at the Light
Book yours now!

In partnership with St. Clair County PARC, the Port Huron Museum proudly announces the "Overnight at the Light" program to be held at the historic Fort Gratiot Light Station in the Duplex building.  Based on the successful USCG Cutter BRAMBLE overnight, this is an opportunity for 20 or more people to spend the night bunk-style in this notable building, on a remarkable campus, and wake up to spectacular view of the St. Clair River with a possible freighter coasting by.

This unique activity is well-suited for scouts, youth groups, school groups and families.  Your "Overnight at the Light" will include a tour of the entire facility, highlighting the historic uses and the current renovation plans.  A planned program relating to the site will be presented, then a snack and lights out!  Sleep in the newly renovated Duplex and enjoy your own breakfast the next day.  

Tickets are $25 per person with a minimum of  20 people or $500 minimum required to reserve a date, and a maximum of 40 persons may participate.

Call 810-982-0891 ext. 118 or email [email protected] for information and availability.  We look forward to welcoming you

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**For something fun, join Ford and The Motor City Ghost Hunters at the Fort Gratiot Light Station**