Officially known as the Petoskey Pierhead Lighthouse, the breakwall and pier light is a prominent fixture on the Petoskey waterfront. The breakwall is a great place to enjoy a Lake Michigan sunset.
The waves will break over the wall on windy days and can easily send you off the edge, so use caution (and common sense) when walking out on the breakwall during high winds.
Jumping off the Petoskey Breakwall
On hot summer days, you will see people jumping off the breakwall into the churning water below. While it’s not illegal to jump off the breakwall, it is certainly not advised! Currents are unpredictable and boats travel close to the breakwall. Again, use caution and common sense!
Petoskey Pierhead Lighthouse
Lake steamers had difficulty offloading summer visitors in westerly winds which prompted Congress to pass an act on August 17, 1895, authorizing construction of breakwaters to protect the landing pier. One breakwater was connected to shore west of the landing pier, and a second detached breakwater was built to the north.
For historical information on the Petoskey Pierhead Lighthouse, visit The Lighthouse Friends article.