Au Sable Point
It’s a 1.5-mile walk along the Lakeshore Trail from the Hurricane River campground to the Au Sable Light Station at Au Sable Point. Built in 1874, the 87-foot brick light and its keepers did yeoman’s duty for decades—warning ships away from the rocky shoals that extend out for nearly a mile and create shallows of just 6–30 feet. Nonetheless, at least 10 steamers were wrecked here.
As you walk the trail from the campground, look for parts of the shipwrecks just offshore, often poking out of the sand bottom and easily visible in the gin-clear water. The light was automated in 1958 and recently restored.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel