White River Main Light
By Dave Wobser

Now the home of the Fruitland Township Great Lakes Marine Museum, this shore light was built in 1875, some five years after the channel was cut between Lake Michigan and White Lake. The lighthouse replaced a pier light that had been built in 1871. A U.S. Life Saving Service station was establish across the channel in the same year as the lighthouse.

The station is a 1-1/2 story yellow brick dwelling with an octagonal tower attached to one corner. The 10-sided black iron lantern is now empty, but the original Fourth Order Fresnel lens is on display inside the museum.

Located in Whitehall, Michigan at the end of Murray Road off South Shore Drive around White Lake.

The museum is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and weekends noon to 6:00p.m. Visitors can climb the spiral cast iron stairs in the light tower for a great view of Lake Michigan and the area sand dunes.

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Photograph by Dave Wobser

Location: Whitehall, Michigan
Date Built: 1875
Active: Yes

Open to


Museum open May through September
6199 Murray Road/off U.S. 31


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