US Life Saving Stations in Michigan


Disaster on the Great Lakes Prompts Creation of the Life-Saving Service


By the mid-1800s, during the beginning of Michigan's lumbering era and intense growth and settlement of the Upper Great Lakes the shipping industry was facing disaster. Over 4,500 vessels foundered, 1,300 people dies, and tens of millions in monetary damages occurred on the Great Lakes. These astounding losses prompted Congress to authorize legislation putting the United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS) into operation on the Great Lakes in 1854.

The service replaced the previously all-volunteer life saving stations were converted to house paid crews.

The Life-Saving Service was merged into the United States Coast Guard in 1915.

United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS)
Tenth District
Lake Huron

Sand Beach/ Harbor Beach, 1881

US Life Saving Station Harbor Beach

Pointe aux Barques, 1876

US Life Saving Station Pointe Aux Barques

Grindstone City/Pointe Aux Barques/Port Austin, 1881

US Life Saving Station Pointe Aux Barques
Courtesy Library of Congress

Ottawa Point, 1876

US Life Saving Station Ottawa Point


Sturgeon Point, 1876

US Life Saving Station Sturgeon Point

Thunder Bay Island, 1876

Thunder Bay Light House 1913
Courtesy US Coast Guard

Alpena/ Middle Island, 1881

US Life Saving Station Alpena/ Middle Island

Hammond's Bay (formerly Forty-Mile Point), 1876.
Bois Blanc, 1891.

Lake Superior

Vermillion Point, 1876

Crisps Point, 1876


Crisp Point Lighthouse, Lake Superior, Luce County, Michigan
Courtesy US Coast Guard

Two-Heart River, 1876.
Muskellunge Lake,1876.

Marquette, 1891


Marquette Harbor Lighthouse
Courtesy US Coast Guard

Ship Canal, Mich., near mouth of Portage, 1884.

Mackinac Island Station House, 1915

Mackinac Island Lifesaving Station House

United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS)
Eleventh District 
Lake Michigan


Beaver Island, 1876

Beaver Island Light and Station
Courtesy US Coast Guard

North Manitou Island, 1876

US Life Saving Station North Manitou Island

Point Betsey, 1876.
Frankfort, 1887.
Manistee, 1879.

Grand Pointe au Sable, 1876


Ludington, 1879

US Life Saving Station Ludington

Pentwater, 1887

US Life Saving Station Pentwater

White River, 1887

US Life Saving Station White River

Muskegon, 1879

US Life Saving Station Muskegon

Grand Haven, 1876

US Life Saving Station Grand Haven Event

US Life Saving Station Grand Haven

Holland, 1886.
South Haven, 1887.

St. Joseph, 1876



Sleeping Bear Point, 1901




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