Plan Your Visit

Huron Lighthouse.  Credit: Sara Giles, USFWS.

The lighthouse on Lighthouse Island at Huron National Wildlife Refuge was built in 1868.

Directions, Address & Contact Info

The only access to Huron National Wildlife Refuge is by boat during daylight hours. Camping is prohibited. The refuge is located three miles off the south shore of Lake Superior. For safety purposes, always consult navigation charts for the proper location before leaving on any trip. There are public and / or private launching facilities at Big Bay, L’Anse and Skanee.

Lighthouse Island, also known as Huron Island, is the only island that is open to the public.

The refuge is not staffed, but it is managed by the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Seney NWR office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, closed federal holidays. There is no entrance fee. Refuge hours are from dawn until dusk for approved activities.

Huron National Wildlife Refuge
1674 Refuge Entrance Road
Seney, MI 49883
Phone Number: 906-586-9851

Point of Interest

Huron National Wildlife Refuge is the site of the Huron Island Lighthouse, which was constructed in 1868 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The light at the lighthouse is now automated, but it is still an active working lighthouse. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the grounds of this former lighthouse station, however all buildings are closed to the public. A one-mile (one way) trail connects the dock to the lighthouse terminating at the fog horn building on the north end of the island. 

The islands that make up Huron National Wildlife Refuge are granite upthrusts. If you look, and know what you are looking for, you may find evidence of glaciers pulling rocks and boulders across the bedrock of the island. These straight grooves are known as glacial striations. 

Know Before You Go

Remember to Bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Bug Spray/Head Net
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes for walking/hiking
  • Life Jackets
  • Current Weather Forecast
  • Navigation Charts
  • Binoculars
  • Guidebooks

The only access to the island is by boat. Take the proper precautions to ensure you are protected against the elements and can boat safely to and from the island. There are many hidden reefs and rock shoals hidden in the waters surrounding the islands.