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Preque Isle Lighthouse

Presque Isle, Michigan

The lighthouse was supposedly the scene of a fight between two men over one particularly lovely young lady. The woman’s lover won, leaving the lighthouse operator alone. The operator stayed in solitude and died after many years. Other operators of the light house have reported hearing someone walking up the stairs toward the light. After many years, the lighthouse was decommissioned and abandoned. Still, however, sailors have reported being able to see the light.

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Henry says:

October 15, 2005, 2:25 pm

Which lighthouse is this? i would like to know cause i live near presque isle and i would like to visit this place. thanks

natasha says:

October 21, 2005, 2:57 pm

that isnt the true story. i live in alpena michigan, 15-10 minutes away from pesque isle lighthouse. it was mr. parris the light keeper who died there. his wife was going out there after his death and seen the ghost light. do some more research. his name was george parris. i know im going out with his grandson.

Heather says:

October 25, 2005, 1:54 am

Whoa get off your damn soap box Natasha. You can’t even capitalize words child. I’ve been there myself and I have seen the ghost in photographs but not with my own eyes because I haven’t been there at night. I went up in to the light house myself. Can’t remember the name of the lighthouse, but it was the smaller one and not the bigger one down the road. I do have a feeling its true though.

Justin says:

October 25, 2005, 1:56 am

The love story is true that is stated. Natasha your a dumbass, your probably fat and not even dating anyone. Trekky

CJP says:

November 5, 2005, 7:14 pm

Presque Isle Lighthouse
Location: On Lake Huron, Presque Isle, Michigan
When Built: 1840.
The Haunting: Said to be haunted by the ghost of George Parris, the former lighthouse keeper. The lighthouse is now abandoned, yet an amber light is occasionally seen still flashing from the tower. George and Lorraine Parris moved into the small house attached to the lighthouse in 1977, where they looked after the grounds and provided tours to vacationers. The lighthouse was actually taken out of service in 1870, but it wasn’t until 1979 that George and the Coast Guard removed the wiring. Yet after George died in 1991, the mystery light began to appear. “I knew right away that it was George,” said his widow, who continued the caretaker duties alone. “He used to cook breakfast for me in the morning. Bacon and eggs. There were many mornings when I’d wake up to the smell of breakfast, but naturally no one was there. I knew that it was him.” According to one story, a little girl touring the lighthouse with her family had climbed to the top of the tower and returned giggling. When asked who she had been talking to up there, she said, “To the man in the tower.” She later identified the man as George Parris from a portrait of him in the cottage.

CJP says:

November 5, 2005, 7:17 pm

This lighthouse was featured on cable television show they heard noises and investigated the lighthouse one of the crew became frightened by something and tried to get out of the lighthouse he found himself locked in and a local locksmith they contacted for the story said that the lock had been broken and bent inside he did not understand how it could get that way and the lock had never given anyone any problem before.

CJP says:

November 5, 2005, 7:17 pm

c cecil says:

March 22, 2006, 5:29 pm

Justin you’re the dumbass. Natasha’s version is correct. As for you and your damned soap box Heather, it probably never occurred to you that lazy and or busy people frequently do not capitalize letters when typing…i do it all the time you fruitcake!!! By the
way I saw the same show CJP saw which completely vindicates Natasha. Repeat after me “I am a stupid, mean, uneducated, troll who eats cat fudge and should’ve been sterilized at birth to prevent the gene pool from further being polluted!”

rebecca halladay says:

May 5, 2006, 2:25 pm

where is this place at and what is the address? i would really like to see this place

Big Bill says:

June 6, 2006, 4:27 am


Well, if you insist. My address is 3651 Weber Rd. Casco Twp., MI 48056. I get home a little after 4. Weekends are free.

sammy albano says:

June 18, 2006, 6:58 pm

how could a orb or a ghost changes colors.

melissa says:

August 15, 2006, 10:46 pm

I just want to let you all know that the show was on SciFi and it is called prof postive.. and it was not proved to be haunted by the light. But I have one thing to say who cares if one of you is dating his grandson.. Just love the story for what it is….

Sharon says:

September 12, 2006, 10:22 pm

I dont believe this comments section.. such childish catfights.. is this not a place for questions and comments related to the haunting and not an english class? and giving out address??!! A huge NO NO. And anyone who would suggest that someone is fat and ugly and need not reproduce is just a hateful spiteful angry soul .. one that I truly feel sorry for. Such a loss of good energy.. try putting that anger to a good use and learn to love your fellow man/woman for thats Gods plan.. dont bother to respond as I will not ever return here due to such childish behaviors.
Ya bunch of idiots.

marie says:

September 18, 2006, 3:11 pm

its true ive been there. My dad worked there. Ive seen the light

natasha says:

October 7, 2006, 9:03 pm

Wow! You people are real funny. The thing that I was going out with George’s grandson was just saying that I have talked to Mrs. Parris. She has told me the stories of the light house. No I ain’t fat. And maybe Heather if you weren’t such a ***** you would go out there at night. If you are lucky you will see something out there. I have and I have my friends to prove it they were out there with me and they seen it too. Also if you go onto the pier count out 36-37 something like that you will see the “ghost light” as they call it. it didn’t start appearring till sometime after George had died.

Michelle M. says:

October 8, 2006, 2:16 pm

For those who were interested in the location, here you go..Old Presque Isle Lighthouse Park is located 1/4 mile north of the harbor. On Grand Lake Rd. in Presque Isle Mi. Just 23 miles north of Alpena. Open seasonally May – October. In season call 517-595-6979 for more information.

Also, the info provided by this site is not accurate.
The lighthouse is said to be haunted solely by Mr. George Parris, a former museum caretaker who is now deceased.

Under orders from the Coast Guard, George removed the light bulb and wiring, leaving the lighthouse without any means of being lit. On January 2 1992, George died. In May of that year, people started witnessing an unexplained light coming from the tower, a light that has perhaps saved several lives of people lost in fogs.
This is the true legend!

I know this because I visit it each and every summer. I have met and spoke with, both, George (before his death) and his wife Lorraine, many times.
There were never tales of a ghost prior to George’s death.

kayla says:

October 17, 2006, 11:06 am

why dont u call the ghost hunters from sci fi and have them go through it and see if its truely haunted they’ve had some scary stuff on there and they love 2 do lighthouses

Mary says:

October 22, 2006, 1:17 pm

Natasha knows her stuff people! I have lived in the area all my life and had never been to the lighthouse. I had never even heard of the hauntings till a few years ago when I saw a special on t.v. It wasnt the sci fi channel one though, it was Americas Haunted Lighthouses or something like that and it was on the Travel channel. I can say I wasnt all that impressed when a friend and I visited the it this summer. The show made it seem so impressive and it is only about 30 feet tall, you could almost spit over the rail, race down the steps and beat it to the ground. It has been in several shows and when talking to a worker they told us that a film crew was going to be doing another special this summer. Not sure if it happened but if it did now is the time of year to see it on tv.

natasha says:

February 25, 2007, 8:17 pm

thank you mary i only lice 15-30 min from there depending how fast you drive i use to go out there all the time with george parris’ grandson i love going out there wether it is to get the **** scared out of you by walking up to the lighthouse in the dark or just to relax get away from the noises of alpena i have some fun stories from out there

chelsea says:

March 12, 2007, 11:31 am

Dear Lighthouse people,
my name is chelsea king and I am doing a class project.While I was looking for a subject to do it on,I seen this site about George Parris and I thought it was amazing.When I was finished I got an Aplus on it.This story is so cool and I would say that every one who reads it would say the same thing to…

chelsea says:

March 12, 2007, 11:33 am

Chelsea ere just sayin that dis site is amazin

Tina says:

March 25, 2007, 1:24 pm

Okay, I live in Posen and the lighthouse is about 20 min or less from my house. My friends and I have been there, and we didn’t hear/see anything, until we went to the place that was blocked off up to the top of the lighthouse, where people were not allowed admittance. We heard soft tapping and creeking noises, it was really creepy so we left.

ginger lynn says:

June 11, 2007, 6:16 pm

Hi, I myself have been out to the lighthouse many times and i love it out there i there at night to the orbs you are talking about are probaly my flash light and THERE ARE NO GHOST! It is simply anice places to go for a walk. And all these ghost storys make people scered to enjoy this place and brings all the stuped people out there this runes it for people love to go out there walk around.

kris says:

June 21, 2007, 7:47 pm

Hey, I was just there with my daughter and some friends last night. I’ve lived in Michigan all my life(41 yrs, now), and I’d never heard of this until yesterday. The “official” story from the lady at the lighthouse gift shop is the George and Lorraine Parris one. We went out on the pier with blankets and hot chocolate and did indeed see a light. Was it a ghost?? Not convinced, but unable to come up with another reason for it as yet. It’s fun to think about, but I’m generally a non believer. The area is beautiful to walk, and both the old and new lighthouses are fun to visit with or without the presance of ghosts.

Gordon James says:

June 25, 2007, 9:15 pm

I was at the lighthouse in the summer of 1992 when I was fortunate enough to meet Mrs. Parris, she told me the story of the light still seen at night ( I was there during the day), such a nice lady, she was so proud of her husband and kept the lighthouse beautifully decorated inside. I hope she is well.

Buzz says:

January 14, 2008, 8:35 pm

I’ve seen it several times. I don’t know if its a haunting or not but it can be very creey and once it scared a bunch of freinds and I so bad we tore out of their so fast a police officer pulled us over and when he asked why we were flying out of there he let us off because apparently he saw it before to and it scared him half to death

bobhope3 says:

March 6, 2008, 5:33 pm

This place isn’t haunted at all I live in Alpena all my life and my parents lived in Preque Isle for a few years before I was born. My parents knew Mr. and Mrs. Parris and they say that Mrs. Parris is nut and just does stuff for attention. As for the picture of the ghost I talked to the guy that took it, it’s just a tick of light that they did. As for the thing that was TV I know the kid that got “locked” in the place that really didn’t happen the producer of the TV show said to do it to make it more dramatic. Finally as for the light they have found that it is actually a refection of the harbor lights.

andrea says:

March 18, 2008, 12:42 pm

hi did you know that i can see the dead so that would be a great chance for me too see them. Any questions just ask me.

Angelina says:

July 3, 2008, 12:30 pm

Hi everyone:) I just watched a show the other day about the light house. They did some tests to see why the light seems to be on. It was proven to be reflect from the nearby residents lights. A man sttod up in the light house till his crew said they could see the light. He then went around the light house windows and covered each one up with a black wool blanket. As the window facing the town was covered the light was gone. Not many people relize that a huge reflective metal guard surrounds one side of the light bulb. So even though there is no bulb the highly reflective metal guard picks up light. Not that I am a sceptic, I have lived in this area all my life and many times in my youth we would visit the light house. So I would suggest anyone who doubts the keeper is still there to go see for yourself.

cupcakebaker says:

October 9, 2008, 1:08 pm

I have been to the lighthouse on several occasions, and to this day I have not seen or heard anything out of the ordinary. I too know Mrs. Paris, and to my knowledge, she is NOT a nut. My sister also goes to church with her. She talks of the hauntings and her husband with great affection. The story of the lighthouse hauntings is great, and hope that it continues to keep people coming and checking the place out. It is a beautiful site, especially when the moon is full and the waves are crashing upon the shore.And just because I myself or my friends have never seen anything, well, it doesn’t mean that its not in fact true.

Bob (again) says:

November 29, 2008, 8:58 pm

This is %100 true! I’ve seen it!

living in Presque Isle says:

January 14, 2009, 11:07 pm

Listen I personally dont believe in the lighthouse being haunted. But the girl mentioned in another comment was my niece. She did go up the lighthouse, She did come down giggling about the man in the tower. When she toured the house after she identified the man in the tower as the man in a photo on the wall. I dont know off hand if she was asked if that was him or if she just blurted it out that it was him. She was also interviewed for a sci-fi show about myths of the supernatural. I dont remember what it was called it was a while now that the show aired. I do remember that the show did debunk it after one of the crew was locked in the tower the door simply jammed without reason or why. He just couldnt get it open. However they said that the road that was finnished around the same time as the caretakers death. They said that the passing cars headlights were being reflected in the glass of the light and reflecting as if it were comming on for a second then off again. So I dont know if it is haunted, just use your own judgement. But if ever in the area of Grand Lake it is a beautiful view from the top so it is absolutely a do not miss site for tourists. So check it out for yourself.

dylan says:

March 9, 2009, 3:23 pm

The place is hunted. A couple of my friends and i were there at night. we paid to get in then hid in the tower. At night we acme out and looked at the light from below. what we saw was nothing short of horrifing. there was a old man with a white beard and old style glasses. we think it was him. but can not say forsure

Allison says:

April 13, 2009, 12:48 am

okay so me and my friends just went out there tonight and we were fooling around and just snapping random pictures. Later upon uploading the pictures onto the computer we found a picture that almost looked like a face in the window. Although this may be just a coincidence, it looked an awful lot like a face.

krista says:

July 14, 2009, 10:01 pm

hello. I have lived in this area most of my life. It saddens me to see how people joke around about others and I know from personal experience that George and Lorraine Parris were wonderful people. As a child I remember my grandparents taking me to visit with them as they were family friends with the Parris’. Lorraine would take me all over the grounds and we would talk about the Lighthouse’s history. She had taken me into the basement of the lightkeeper’s house (which was their residence at the time) and we would look for salamanders down there. I remember some years later when George had passed that she had felt his presence around her and told us of how she had seen the light (whether it was a reflection or not didn’t matter) and that she felt that it was George. A couple years ago, I took my husband and children out to visit the old lighthouse and property and we spent quite a bit of time there. We went up in the tower and to the stocks and the bell and inside the lightkeeper’s house. It was a very pleasant experience and all of us felt comfortable and at peace. It brought back a lot of wonderful memories for me and I look forward to going back again.

P. Rettman says:

August 27, 2009, 6:47 am

Many years ago I was stationed at K. I. Sawyer AFB near Marquette Mi. My then husband and I lived in an apartment near Presque Isle. Even then I did not sleep to much at night, and being from north east Mississippi I was not too familure with light houses. Some nights when I couldn’t sleep I would set in the window and watch the light from the light house as it swept through the night. Beings our appartment was not 300 yards off the Northern coast of Lake Superior I could faintly hear the waves come into shore. If I went outside I could hear them better.
One morning I’m sitting at my drafting table at work on base and my NCOIC comes in and says “Girl… you look like ****. Are you not sleeping again?” I told him I had set and watched the light from the lighthouse since 3:00 that morning. He looked at me pretty strange and asked, “What lighthouse?” I told him I assumed it was Presque Isle as that was the only one I had seen in the area. This is when he said it could not be, as it had been out of commission for many years. I know what I saw…. And I saw that light!

Mark says:

September 6, 2009, 7:50 pm

Yes, its true the light house is haunted ive beend there several times and the first time i was there i was a littke boy, i remember walking up the stairs and getting the feeling someone was watching me it gave me a twist in my stomatch, i could here as if someone was walking up the stairs in front of me when i got to the top i was alone! then i saw the light house on tv it is truly haunted! but most people up here r to drunk to do anything

katie says:

October 26, 2009, 8:50 pm

I also find this to be very interesting because my Great-Grandpa Llyod Miller was also a light house keeper there and my grandma has many memories of living in the light house. I plan to call her tomorrow and get her side of the story.

Candis Ferguson says:

August 8, 2010, 1:14 pm

The P.Q. has two lighthouse close to each other. The first built is the smaller and so called haunted one. I did see a faint light in this lighthouse after dark and felt a rush of cool air where there was no wind. I believe in the haunting. Both light are beautiful as all lighthouses are.

hetty says:

August 22, 2010, 7:36 pm

lets just stick to the subject people and that subject is HAUNTINGS NOT how stupid we can make ourselves look by being big *****douche bags

XxFlipSkittlesXx says:

August 24, 2010, 9:57 pm

This story is true my family and i were touring the light house. i ran up ahead of everyone else and i saw a lantern light following me up. I didn’t think anything about it until i could’ve sworn i saw a man behind me.

Traveler says:

October 3, 2010, 10:49 pm

I visited both “New” Presque Isle and “Old” Presquie Isle lighthouses on Sept 20, 2010. They are both beautiful and I enjoyed visiting. Whether or not the hauntings are true, it just added flavor to the visit.

Susan H says:

April 28, 2011, 1:39 pm


Peggy says:

May 8, 2011, 8:39 pm

My family visited the old lighthouse (several years ago) on a rainy cold day. We felt a strong presence that day. We all just wanted to get out of the tower. Everyone felt this presence. We returned this past summer, nothing unusual happened, it was a bright sunny clear day. We took lots of pictures all great, except for one of my grandson and my son, there is an orb hanging over there heads. I believe there is something there. We have a vacation home not far from the site, I had no knowledge of it being haunted till I found this website. Kind of cool.

lisa says:

September 5, 2011, 6:44 pm

its the light house at old presque isle..there was no love story going on just a light house keeper with his wife, he died, and she still stays at the light house, there were rumors going on that the husband was still there haunting the light house, so the coast guard came out, disconnected the electricity,, took out the light, and wrapped everything in plastic, but you can still see a dim light every now and then from the light house. they closed the old presque isle light house,, only because they built the new one about a mile or so away, and because the old one the light was not as powerful as it should ve been.

Diane says:

July 28, 2013, 12:41 am

Mydaughter and I visted the old lighthouse in about 2001. There was a tour you could take of it and presumably, Mrs. Parris was the one who we were talking to. She told me her husband was seen in a pic that someone took of the Hale Bopp Comet passing over the lighthouse. She showed me a postcard and it sure looked like a man up in the tower of the lighthouse. She said they had lived in the lighthouse for years, until he died. She said she felt comforted that her husband still provided light to ships, even though the wiring has been disconnected. And, she told me many officials have checked the wiring because they, too, have seen the light. She was featured on a TV show that I taped around that time, telling the same story. I still have the postcard.

Frida says:

November 15, 2013, 11:20 pm

When I visited this Old Presque Isle lighthouse, as soon as I entered the door of the tower I hit the floor. It was this horrible feeling of anxiety, and it wasn’t a fear of heights (I grew up near Sturgeon Point, which is probably 3x the height.) We did go up into the tower, and saw that there were no lights in the tower. Later that night, we returned to the property and sure enough, the light was on. It is very bizarre, there is definitely something going on here.

dave says:

October 31, 2016, 5:41 pm

When I visited this Old Presque Isle lighthouse this past spring . i had the same feeling of anxiety when entering the old light house.

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