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The Charlevoix South Pier Lighthouse Station

Circle Tour

The original Lake Michigan Circle Tour was not established until the 1980's. During this time the Michigan Department of Transportation teamed up with the West Tourist Association which created the route and its official guidebook.

Enjoy this opportunity to explore 100 lighthouses, numerous islands, beaches galore, and many other spectacular sites to be seen.

Here are some of the featured Lighthouses:

Another interesting fact about the Circle tour is that originally the circle route was loosely created around Lake Superior. This loosely created route was promoted by the local tourist organizations that happened in the 1960's. Although the first official lighthouse tour that was (signed) Great lakes circle tour was the Lake Michigan Circle Tour. The first publication for the Great Lakes Circle Tours was released in 1988 as a 52 page guide book. In 2007 the guide book got transformed into a map, and the route can be found here online at Lake Michigan Circle Tour: Lighthouse Driving Itinerary

You can pick this map up at our lobby area for free. Also at the Charlevoix Historical Society Museum

they will have the lighthouse stamps for your passport.