For thousands of beautiful songbirds and broad-winged raptors that migrate to nesting grounds in the Upper Peninsula, Lighthouse West Natual Area at the Tip of the Peninsula is a must see. Here, 42 acres with a variety of habitats and 640 feet of undeveloped shoreline along Lake Michigan provide a place for migrants to stop, feed and rest before crossing the big water.
Check out the wooded areas and thickets in mid-May for migrating songbirds. Rocky shorelines occasionally host shorebirds, and shallow waters can be good for waterfowl. Scarlet Tanagers, Black-billed Cuckoos and Chestnut-sided Warblers are among the birds that nest here. Be aware that property separating the park and Conservancy land, including the beach, is private and closed to the public. Please do not trespass. Visit the spectacular new trail and walkway that leads down the bluff to the lakeshore.
Directions: From Northport, head north on M-201 through the Village, taking M-201/Mill Street north out of town. M-201 becomes Co. Rd. 640/Woolsey Lake Rd. Stay on Co Rd. 640/Woolsey Lake Rd. Stay straight as Co. Rd. 640/Woolsey Lake Rd. becomes Co. Rd. 629/Woolsey Lake Rd (Co. Rd 640 splits off to the right). Continue on Co. Rd 629/Woolsey Lake Rd for approximately 3 miles when it becomes Co. Rd. 629/Lighthouse Point Rd. Continue on Co. Rd. 629/Lighthouse Point Rd for approximately 2 miles, then go left on Cathead Bay Dr. Parking is approximately 0.1 mile on the right-hand side.