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The United States Life Saving Service has many roots in Michigan. Although the services started out on the East Coast, they quickly grew where trade on the waterways prospered. As such, Michigan's shorelines, dangerous shoals and severe storms dealt out there fair share of disasters of life at sea on the Great Lakes. Many life saving station's were established in Michigan along with some volunteer life saving station's and crews. There are many interesting facts in which to explore about this service on the web site. Please explore to discover that the Life Saving Service saved hundreds and thousands of lives unlike the lighthouse service which tends to get all the credit.

The list below contains a list of the life saving stations located in Michigan with a brief description and photos of those stations we have photos of.

A History of the Life Saving Service  by Dennis Noble who is a noted authority on the service. This article describes the service in detail and is a brief look into what they did.  

The following station are on the endangered list for Michigan. This means they are threatened by erosion, vandalism, deterioration or being torn down. Help is needed in all these cases to ensure their survival. The Endangered Stations List for Michigan:

November 2005 - White River Life Saving Station Montague, MI. LOST - March 2006 posted

October 7th, 2004 Update  - Harbor Beach, MI. Station LOST - September 2004

  • Ludington Coast Guard Station - Ludington, MI.                                                            
  • Portage Life-Saving Station - Hancock, MI.                                                                                             
  • Vermillion Life-Saving Station - Vermillion, MI.

Donate to the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy to Help Save Michigan's Life Saving Station's, Because Life Saving Station's Need Saving Too.                              

Station Locations: (Listed by Lake)

Lake Erie - None in Michigan Lake Michigan Lake Superior
  Beaver Island Whitefish Point USCG Station
Detroit River - None in  Michigan Charlevoix Vermillion
  North Manitou Crisp's Point
Lake Saint Clair - None in Michigan South Manitou Two Heart
  Sleeping Bear Point Deer Park or Muskallonge Lake
Lake Huron Pointe Betsie Grand Marias
Lake View Beach/Port Huron Frankfort Marquette
Sand Beach or Harbor Beach Manistee Eagle Harbor
Point Aux Barques Grand Pointe Au Sable Portage Lake Ship Canal
Port Austin/Grindstone City Ludington  
Ottawa Point - Tawas Point Pentwater  
Sturgeon Point White River  
Thunder Bay Island Muskegon  
Middle Island Grand Haven  
Hammond Bay Macatawa or Holland  
Bois Blanc Island/Walkers Point South Haven  
Mackinaw Island St. Joseph  
     
     

A special thank you to the U.S. Coast Guard Historians Office and The National Park Service for information and photos contained within this site.

     

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Revised: 03/03/10.