The Great Lakes’ Eerily Frozen Lighthouses

Published February 24, 2014
Updated May 20, 2021

Evoking the timeless sentiment of isolation, these frozen lighthouses are a perfect symbol for the winter months.

Frozen Lighthouses In The Great Lakes

There are few sights in nature more surreal than the frozen lighthouses sprinkled about Lake Michigan and Lake Erie. Splashing waves and frigid wintry storms transform lighthouses into accidental ice sculptures on the shores of these Great Lakes.

Photographers encounter treacherous conditions in their artistic pursuits. They navigate through thick, icy terrains to capture glacial monuments, frost-covered surfaces and massive, cascading icicles from just the right angles.

Frozen Lighthouses Majestic Beauty

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Conjuring the timeless sentiment of isolation amid a naturally stunning backdrop, these photographs are truly a sight to behold. One of this phenomenon’s top photographers is Thomas Zakowski of South Bend, Indiana. Zakowski travels to St. Joseph and South Haven, Michigan to take pictures of Mother Nature’s latest lighthouse artwork each winter.

The images below consist of picturesque wintry scenes from the five Great Lakes lighthouses. The sites include Cleveland’s West Pierhead Lighthouse, as well as Michigan’s South Haven, St. Joseph, Petoskey Pierhead, and Point Betsie lighthouses.

South Haven

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Frozen Lighthouses North Pier

Frozen Lighthouses Natural Wonder

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Frozen Lighthouses Petoskey Lighthouse

Red And White

Frozen Lighthouses Point Betsie

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Lighthouses West Pierhead Cleveland

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Lighthouses St. Joseph

Lighthouses Icy Bridge

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Lighthouses Ice Bird

Lighthouses Ghostly Walkway

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Erin Kelly
An All That's Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she's designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.