The lighthouses on Grand Haven’s South Pier do more than guide Lake Michigan sailors. Their magnificent presence symbolizes the rich history of our area and the commerce and recreational activities that have made Grand Haven what it is today.

Standing tall and steadfast, the lighthouses endure all the snow and ice and rain and waves that buffet them year round.

Seemingly indestructible, they appear impervious to the damaging effects of nature and
time. But, of course, that’s not the case. The lighthouses’ exteriors are showing their age, their interiors even more so. These jewels of the lake have lost some luster. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the community is doing something about it via the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy.

Phase I will focus on several evaluation and maintenance issues including hazardous materials testing, an architectural analysis, and replacement of some doors and siding.

Phase II will be much more comprehensive. It will include painting the structures’ exteriors and interiors, repairing their foundations, and installing new doors and ventilation systems.

Phase III will include replacing windows, restoring 24-inch portholes, stripping, priming, and painting the interior circular staircase in the inner light, and restoring holding tanks in its foundation.

For more information about Grand Haven lighthouses and the Conservancy restoration project, please visit Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy.