The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is home to the largest and most complete collection of historic lighthouses and light towers in the country. For over 100 years, these structures provided safety and navigation to boats traveling on Lake Superior. Now they serve as a memorial to the area’s rich maritime history.
Two of the lighthouses, the Raspberry Island Lighthouse and the Old Michigan Island Lighthouse, have been fully restored and are open for ranger guided tours during the summer months. Apostle Islands Cruises operates shuttles to these lighthouses multiple times per week during peak season. Private water taxi service can also be arranged.
The Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration takes place every year in September, offering a variety of special cruises that dock at Raspberry, Michigan, Devils and Outer Island to explore those lighthouses. Other cruises offered during the celebration include the Lighthouses & Sea Caves Cruise, which passes the Sand & Raspberry Island lighthouses and the mainland sea caves, and the Ultimate Lighthouse Cruise, a non-stop voyage to see five of the eight lighthouses from the comfort of the Apostle Islands Cruise boat.
Complete list of the lighthouses and light towers of the Apostle Islands:
- Old Michigan Island Lighthouse, built 1856
- Old La Pointe Lighthouse, Long Island, built 1858
- Raspberry Island Lighthouse, built 1862
- Outer Island Lighthouse, built 1874
- Sand Island Lighthouse, built 1881
- Devils Island Light Tower, temporary tower built 1891, permanent tower built 1898
- New La Pointe Light Tower, Long Island, built 1897
- Chequamegon Point Light Tower, Long Island, built 1897
- New Michigan Island Light Tower, built in Pennsylvania 1880, dismantled 1918, re-erected on Michigan Island 1929
- Ashland Harbor Light, built 1916