Daytrip with Babs: Big Sable Point Light

Posted on October 5, 2009


Last week Babs Young found herself in Ludington.  She writes: This seems to be the time of year for light houses at dusk. This is the Big Sable Point Lighthouse.  It’s located in the Ludington State Park and is a 1.8 mile hike from the parking lot, but well worth the trip. 

Big Sable Point light at dusk

I am of the opinion that a lake can never have too many lighthouses.  Sadly, we have none in Torch Lake Township.  Ludington is blessed with three: Big Sable, Little Sable and Ludington North Breakwater, all operated and maintained by the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association.  Big Sable was built in 1867, and its third-order Fresnel lens sent a beacon visible for 18 miles.  Now, if I understand correctly, the automated, electrified and plastic-lensed beacon that replaced the venerable lighthouse can be seen for 15 miles.  Progress is a wonderful thing.

Update 10-7-09: Babs sent a picture of the historic site marker at Big Sable along.  I have to read these markers wherever I find them.  Even when I was ten I used to make my family stop to inspect them whenever we were on a road trip.  

Big Sable historic site marker

Every week photographer Babs Young captures moments in northern Michigan, and every week she sends one to Torch Lake Views just for you. You can find more of her photos at the Babs Young Photo Archives.