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The Paulding Light

Paulding, Michigan

After a train engineer was hit by a train, he still wonders the area in the form of a light. The light can instantly change colors, disappear and appear quickly, and change directions swiftly. Witnesses claim that it will react o the headlights of a car as well. Some accounts occurred during daylight hours under normal circumstances, with no apparent light-producing object nearby.

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Nicole says:

September 22, 2005, 5:26 pm

I have actually seen this! Its totally real! It was really creepy, because my family and I went to see it. My family went to see one night but i didn’t go with them because it sounded really scary. But the next day I went with them and it was during the daytime. The light wasn’t there at first but then it appeared. Its at the top of a hill, it used to a road but the rain water washed it out so now there’s a little stream running across the road. We wanted to see it up close so we started to walk up the hill, we had just passed the little creek when it started to rain. Up until this point I had been looking at the light but when it started to rain I looked away to talk to my dad, when I looked back the light was gone. Every one that we talked to that day said that every time they tried to walk up there and see the light it would vanish. Once we got back to the cars the light appeared again. The light actually does change colors, I’ve seen it changed to red, yellow, and orange. I think that maybe it turned green but it was when I was like 12 and now I’m almost 19. I know it wasn’t a traffic light becuase there were no roads up on the hill or even close to it.

Nicole says:

September 22, 2005, 5:27 pm

I have actually seen this! Its totally real! It was really creepy, because my family and I went to see it. My family went to see one night but i didn’t go with them because it sounded really scary. But the next day I went with them and it was during the daytime. The light wasn’t there at first but then it appeared. Its at the top of a hill, there used tobe a road but the rain water washed it out so now there’s a little stream running across the road. We wanted to see it up close so we started to walk up the hill, we had just passed the little creek when it started to rain. Up until this point I had been looking at the light but when it started to rain I looked away to talk to my dad, when I looked back the light was gone. Every one that we talked to that day said that every time they tried to walk up there and see the light it would vanish. Once we got back to the cars the light appeared again. The light actually does change colors, I’ve seen it changed to red, yellow, and orange. I think that maybe it turned green but it was when I was like 12 and now I’m almost 19. I know it wasn’t a traffic light becuase there were no roads up on the hill or even close to it.

Neil says:

September 23, 2005, 11:29 am

What intersection/crossing is it near?

Chris says:

October 1, 2005, 5:17 pm

Damn it, Neil, why don’t you just find a job? You have too much time on your hands. Nicole doesn’t want you to know where the f**king place is! Give it up!

damon says:

October 4, 2005, 3:10 pm

ive seen it come over are car

Lucy says:

October 26, 2005, 7:05 am

Neil and Chris u r not supposed to have conversations on this leave it to aim, will ya?

Erin says:

October 30, 2005, 6:53 pm

I have seen this it is real I have seen it twice and both times it has completely amazed me it changes from blue to yellow to orange to green and other colors to. Also my Uncle and Cousin went to see it and my cousin is 30 now so he was like 20 and they stayed after everyone else went home and they shut off all the lights and the car and everything and waited then they started to see things moving in the woods and carring shovels and stuff he still says its one of the scariest expiriences of his life.

Big Cody says:

November 12, 2005, 6:47 pm

Defenently true,I’ve seen it many times

Stephen says:

December 28, 2005, 3:53 pm

The light is located in Watersmeet, MI. It is located off of Robbins Pond Road. Kind of interesting, back in the mid – 80’s I was a waiter at PowderMill Inn in Bessemer, MI. One morning I was serving breakfast to a group of individuals out of Chicago, IL who were actual ghost busters. They told me they were in the area to investigate the light. I told them I had been there but was very skeptical of it’s origin, thinking it was just actually tail lights from autos. They were there for three days running tests and experiments and finally told me they could not figure it out. Very interesting. You be the judge.

thayet59 says:

January 10, 2006, 12:38 pm

Thank you, I think I will be the judge. After reading this story, I believe that it is a fake. There are too many scientific exlanations for the happenings, and the people’s stories of what happened. It’s all too vague, with little or no detail. It’s probably all a lie, and not a good one at that.

ashley says:

February 3, 2006, 12:15 pm

My family is from near by Iron River, I have been to the Paulding light about 100 times and usually always see it. I believe that it is VERY REAL. I’ve been there in the worst of storms, all times of night, whatever. I’ve attempted to walk down the “powerline trail” and it goes away. Its a really neat place to go!! (Plus, not far away is the $Casino$!!) I just think its real, once you go there I guess you will understand….

uncle fester says:

February 15, 2006, 6:53 pm

I was raised in the U.P. and have spent many nights checking out the paulding light.sometimes their is a dim light that turns as bright as the sun sometimes one and sometimes two,and they seem to walk the the road and as it passes by it is for an instant and then it is gone.We have tried to chase it,sometimes it appears to be low to the ground but it is actually alot higher in the air than it appears.if you look through a field scope it looks like a rasberry spinning,and if you go to the bottom of the hill on old 41 around the bend there is a swamp just to your left on a clear night look up into the sky and you will see the same object spinning.i don’t think it is haunted but it is definetly cool.sometimes its there sometimes it’s not, but don’t be disapointed just go back to see it is truely one the great wonders of the actually think you are seeing things.and try explaing what you have seen to people and they think you just smoked a joint.Its a great place rock and roll man!p.s. the cops in the u.p. are nasty, dont have an old empty beer can or you know what kind of seed from the previous owner of your vehicle that was over looked back in the 1970 or you will pay a big fine and sit in the **** house for nothing.remember this go to iron county vacation and leave on probation oh yea and watch out for the iron county witch hunt takecare

becca says:

February 16, 2006, 11:20 am

It’s true i’v seen it I was with my dad and we went up there to see the light closer and it disappered

mudpuppy says:

March 11, 2006, 1:09 am

Yes, “The Light” is on Robins Pond Rd, up near Watersmeet. My friends and I stopped there after playing
at the casino. It was very weird and spooky. The light bounced around like it was a light off of a lantern. It chnaged colors and moved in and out, fading bright and dim, then to nothing. We thought we would walk up the hill to see if it was someone playing a joke, they would have left footprints on the ground. As we were working up the hill, the light seemed to move towards us some much it freaked us out. We ran back to the car, turned our brightd on and it disappeared for a few seconds, then reappeared. It also seemed to responded to light.

Rynoah says:

April 2, 2006, 3:37 am

Has anyone considered that it might be swamp gas? uncle fester said that there was a swamp nearby; maybe the gas is reacting to some light source somewhere. It would help explain why it reacts to headlights. Though, I’m not sure if swamp gas does react to light. I’ve heard it does, and it can change colors.

rebecca halladay says:

May 5, 2006, 1:07 pm

i would really love to see where this place is located at!!

Stephanie says:

May 13, 2006, 5:39 pm

I heard that there were toxic chemicals or something radioactive in a barn nearby that was causing the lights.

Elizabeth says:

May 14, 2006, 11:36 pm

The light is real!!! everytime I went to see it to prove it was **** it was there, and it always scared the hell out of me!!! Just the feeling you get from looking at it makes you feel so strange. If you dont beleieve and you want to go see it. Never fails!!

Big Bill says:

May 20, 2006, 5:31 pm

The Paulding Light is not real. You are all a bunch of butt-holes.

Big Bill says:

June 6, 2006, 4:20 am


Get off the drugs. The light you saw was a reflection in the rear-view mirror.

Waynesliljeanne says:

June 11, 2006, 5:42 pm

I looked up this site because I am interested in the paranormal. I hope to visit many of the places listed here. Once I have visited the areas in MI I will travel to other states. I think it is a good idea to keep personal comments about others and their experiences to yourself. Your comment on the location, once you have visited, is certainly of interest and worth consideration. If you haven’t been there, you don’t have the right to level nasty comments. Even if you have, we would appreciate it if you would keep the comments to the object at hand, not regarding others who post here.
Take care, and keep watching – this life is bigger than most of us will ever know.

amanda says:

July 23, 2006, 11:42 pm

I’ve been there several times. I live 40 minutes from there, right in WI by the border. It’s definately a creepy place. You sit and watch the light and it changes colors. When it turns to red, it’s scary. One time, it rushed at us. When you walk down the hill and go past the creek, you can no longer see the light. You keep walking and walking, and nothing, but when you go back and pass the creek again, you can see the light. Some people also hear voices.

kitkat says:

July 26, 2006, 11:05 pm

Hi. This summer, my sis and I drove up to Watersmeet to see the Paulding Lights. We arrived to the site about 9:30 when it was dusk. We found a place to stand, and waited with about 20-30 people. Everyone was excited, and many had witnessed the lights before. When it was very dark out, I saw the light over the tops of the trees. It started as a small red light..and the color would change from red to white to green. Sometimes, it would disappear altogether. Then, after we had been there for about 1/2 hour, the light turned white…grew larger and appeared to move towards us at an alarming rate of speed. The light got brighter and larger and seemed to stop a short distance away. The light was BRIGHT WHITE, but, did not hurt to look at. However, I could not tear my eyes away from it. As fast as it approached, it moved away again. We waited around, and maybe 15-20 minutes later, the same thing happened. It was amazing. We hung around about another 15 minutes and called it a night. I don’t know what causes the light. But, it was really cool to watch. It’s well worth the trip.

Skeptic says:

August 14, 2006, 12:15 pm

It never ceases to amaze me how the masses of people who want to believe in something will believe it no matter what. I was at the Paulding Light last week and determined that it was car headlights on I-45. I discovered this by accident, the notch in the top of the trees where the light appears is exactly the same shape as the notch at the top of the hill on I-45 several miles away. I had to pull over because I remembered seeing this notch before; yah last night while looking at the miraculous light. It was a good time though, met lots of gullable people.

Arthur A. Belke Jr says:

August 20, 2006, 1:16 am

Hello I have been going to the Paulding light for over 40 years. I have tryed to track it down by going into the woods, fallowing the power lines and looking for swamps. It is none of that. I have seen the light over 20 times. The first time I was 12 it scared the heck out of me. I have had the light come to with in a few yards fo me. Move from the powerlines to the middle of the road and huver. we stood still and it stayed their for several minutes. Then when someone moved it disappered. This is back when it was not well known and we would be the only ones there.I have looked at the reports from National Geograghic,Time Mag. and the special abc did on it back in the 80’s
I also understand the US gov did a study on it and came up with nothing. I have walked and 4 wheeled the area looking for clues and have come up with none.
A friend of mine’s father was stationed up their in the 40’s with the then Special forces. They would drop troopers for training in that area becouse it was like the terain simallar to Germany and he saw it then. He has no theary on it but he and his squad did see it.
I was just their this past fall. It was a mad house a circus act. People racing back and forth throwing beer cans and bottle out of their car windows. The light would come out and someone would put a green lazer on it. I left with great dissapointment and sadness. I am going back in the dead of winter in hope that no one is there. I am going to take video camras and try to catch it. If any one has any info on that and the haunted house in land ‘o’lake please Email me At I would love to hear your comments and thearie’s

sweetie says:

October 13, 2006, 6:17 pm

hey big Bill shut the **** off u, if u dont belive in anything then dont read ok so yeah! this is a freakie story

Justin says:

October 31, 2006, 6:38 pm

I have seen the light and honestly it is quite freaky! I believed there was some supernatural presence there but that has all been debunked. If you google the Paulding light there was a group of paranormal researchers who found that a highway to the east of the light was actually causing this phenomenon. Every time cars would pass a certain part of the road, either there headlights or taillights were causing the light to happen. Even though I know its not ghostly, it is still very intresting to see. Go to the town of Watersmeet and ask anyone there. They will tell you were to go.

Jake says:

November 1, 2006, 5:01 am

It can’t be swamp gas because I have been there in teh winter months and I still see it. Wouldn’t swamps freeze over. Especially in da U.P. eh

jena says:

November 2, 2006, 12:48 pm

hello i saw a scary house before

Nate says:

November 4, 2006, 4:04 am

This is rediculously crazy creepyness on its best…..
My girlfriend and I didnt know how to get to the main entrance…. so we found a road that lead to it…. Which was at the bottom of the hill…. Sat there for almost an hour I was about to give up and sleep. But all of a sudden she said whats that light! it was right behind the drivers window right up against it and when i looked it went back…. I yelled what the ****, and said you fuckers are dead. I thought it was other teens goofing around. We turned on the lights and i was going to chase them but she stopped me…. I’m a pretty fast kid and there was no way i was going to be able to catch that. On top of that it looked like there was a train or something outlined behind him. The light was like a darkish yellow. I called a friend and he asked me if i saw it waving around like someone running with a flash light? I had to say no because it went in a straight beam. fast. when it was by the window when i looked back on it, the light looked like a lanturn. If I would have thought about it first off, i think i would have reacted differently, since i didnt react as i should have this is the 2nd Most SCAREY experience in my life! I’m 18 and my friends and I have done some scarey stuff.. The most scarey was going to an old insane isilam that is half broke down and creepy. walking up and the owner of the property walks to the end of his porch with a shotgun, while lighting in the background to cast a black look with the shotgun barrel, I dont think i ran so fast (world class speed… haha)

yooper says:

November 4, 2006, 9:55 am

I live in Watersmeet and have taken many people to see the Paulding Light. It is alot of fun to build up the suspense and get my visitors really scared. There are lots of stories that are told and people claim strange experiences when watching the light. Most are as real as your imagination. One overcast day I drove down Robbins Pond Road out of curiosity. There was alot of trash, beer cans, etc. lying around and I decided to pick everything up as I had a few trash bags in my truck. I happened to look up from my chore and saw a bright white light! I had my digital camera and tripod and started taking pictures. The light would come and go and change from white and red. I thought I saw an automobile with my telephoto lens. Looking at a map of HWY 45 it shows that the road does make a big bend. I drove out to 45 and did find the hill and notch in the trees that a previous viewer described. Later when I downloaded my pictures on my computor and enlarged them I definately saw that the light was the headlights and tailights of vehicles going up and down the hill! Mystery solved!! ps don’t tell anyone…..

john says:

November 16, 2006, 7:15 pm

The paulding light probably cannot be explained as distant car lights. There are just too many people who claim to have seen a larger, bright object, often times, moving in a strange form. In fact, out of all the ghost light spots, I’ve never seen as many people witnessing such a phenomena. But the paulding lights are not the only lights that are truly unexplainable. In Norways town of Hassdalen, there is a light phenomena that has baffeled researchers for years. Enigmatic forms of light have been captured on video tape many times by investigators. Go here for pics and video….

Eric says:

November 27, 2006, 5:48 pm

This whole thing has the classic makings of a folk tale.

However, there are far too many inconsistant supernatural explanations – mail carrier, brakeman, miner, etc, none of which have any historical documentation to support it. Theories about magnetic anomalies and glowing plasmas are unlikely, as every aircraft gauge and camper’s compass in the area would at the very least notice something.

There are numerous embellishments to the tale, of course – Ripley’s offering money, inconclusive government studies…again, none of which can be substantiated in any way beyond hearsay. (although if anyone can find me an actual firsthand citation, I’d appreciate it)

And the real kicker – while “eye witnesses” say they’ve seen it since the turn of the century, nobody bothered to write it down or mention it until 1966, when a carload of teenagers reported it to the local sheriff. One would think that, if this were a well-known local phenomenon, local teens would already be aware of it, and it would have been reported at least once in a half century. That this first reporting coincides with the rerouting of M-45 is likely not coincidental.

During the night, both the faint glow of nearby Paulding and the pitch darkness of the U.P. night makes it nearly impossible to judge distance, horizon and perspective, and any sort of moving light would be difficult to gauge direction or position upon. However, during the early twilight, one can clearly see head and tailights of autos on 45 in the distance, at the exact location in the “sky” that the lights appear. Since moving further down the powerline right-of-way would change the perspective and view to the highway, it explains why anyone looking closer than the designated lookout doesn’t see anything.

Nonetheless, it’s an interesting optical effect, and worth going to see if you’re in the area. I’ve gone a few times now.

Sadly, last time I visited, the lookout area had been utterly trashed – the guardrail ripped off, the sign removed, garbage everywhere.

Alicia says:

December 28, 2006, 6:04 pm

I am interested in finding out how to get to the Paulding Lights I am from not so spooky Eaton Rapids Mi can someone please direct me in the direction for a decent scare? thank you

jace says:

January 1, 2007, 5:45 am

About the paulding light if you want to see it up close there is a DNR road about a quater mile north of the dead end road you see it from. Go down that road stick to the left when the road takes a sharp right turn, stop about thirty yards. There is a trail you can walk that will take you to the top of a hill. To the east you should be able to see the spot from which everyone goes to see the light, its probly five football fields away. On this hill is where everyone else see’s the light appear. there is a drop of to the west. Sit there and be quit and the light will appear. what happens after that can oly be explained by experiencing it yourself. oh yeah and don’t go to that casino down the road, cause I lost over two grand there. gambbling sucks

pinky says:

January 15, 2007, 3:43 pm

I cant bleive it till I see it although I do bleive in ghost there is just 2 many fake stories made up by people who want 2 get atention.

Tommy says:

January 18, 2007, 11:22 pm

I looked at Microsoft Terraserver and I beleive the lights are just cars on Rt. 45

jon says:

January 23, 2007, 4:28 am

I grew up about 2 hrs from the light but have never made it there to chekc it out….I have seen pictures of the site where it can be viewed and I guess my biggest question is, everyone blames swamp gas and car light but what about the power lines right next to the site where the lights are seen? Power lines can omit enough energy to make a flourescent light flicker just ebing held in someone’s hands underneath them, how do we know that the powerlines arent omitting some energy causing some kind of reaction with some other particles in the air at that location? Im just searching for an explanation before I go straight to it being a haunting….Any feedback is appreciated

Chelsea Tidwells says:

February 27, 2007, 3:30 pm

Ok…let me tell you, I live in Michigan and this stuff doesn’t ever happen. It’s a bunch of ****! People just say it soit will get published on dumb websites like this one!

-Chelsea Tidwells

jocundry says:

March 2, 2007, 1:35 pm

Just a few questions ~

Does anyone know if the lights were seen before US-45 was built? I googled it and apparently the route was constructed in 1934 with some alterations near Watersmeet in 1949 and 1953, which seem to have redirected the road.

Also, has anyone ever set up two teams on 45 and the spot where you can see the lights? Has anyone ever tried to document any link between actual cars going down the road and the appearance of the lights?

Tory says:

March 6, 2007, 12:56 pm

I would like to know if anyone knows any legends about it. I can only find 2 or 3 legends about it.

Summerwind says:

March 26, 2007, 1:33 am

Back in the late 80’s(or as some of us in our LATE 30’s call it.. the GOOD OLE’DAYS)we use to drive up to Land O Lakes and Watersmeet.Always hitting both,SummerWind(Haunted House)and then off to ” The Light.”I can honestly say I have exsperienced something “strange” at BOTH locations.But(what) exactely,is unclear.Both locations have stuck in my memory throughout the years.Back then,you were able to go to “The Light” and be confident you’d be the ONLY group of people there,as we were.I went a total of 8 times and that 8th time WAS the LAST!LOL Seven times I had gone to Watersmeet,Military Road and saw..NOTHING.But since SummerWind had burnt down by then,it was ALL we had left to our adventures.So the 8th time WAS the last.I AM to this day,a skeptic. However,I cannot deny what I,myself,exsperienced.We waited(like I had SEVEN times before)and it FINALY appeared before us.Described much like everyone else’s description.I had binoculars and the car was facing towards exiting the road so I was looking out the rear window in the car.It appeared as a yello/orange triangle in the binocs.Cool but not a big deal.It got to be a big deal when it started comming towards us.More yellowish white and BRITE! Sooo BRITE and SO close that it aluminated the Back of my friend’s vehicle and I mean BRIGHTLY.There wasnt a scardy cat amoung us UNTIL that moment.We TOO had problems starting the vehicle.The car was totaly aluminated(in the INTERIOR)and could plainly see eachother AND the sudden Fear.The car started after 2-3 trys and we speed out of there and that was the last time I saw “The Light.” A highway in the distance? Possible.But tell me HOW a cars headlights from MILES away could illuminate the interior and exterior of a Car?As a skeptic myself,it just goes to show there are forces beyond reason.Keep an open mind and go see it for yourself.I WILL be Back there one day again.- A Fellow CheddarHead

charlie t. says:

June 12, 2007, 10:37 am

WE have seen this many times as we vist our home in Rockland. it has lit up the cab of my gmc truck as it came up the hill getting briter as it came closer. If you don’t beleve go see for yourself. It is good way to spend a night in Michigan U.P.
Charlie Beechler Rockland Mi.

Rachel says:

August 3, 2007, 6:21 pm

It’s real! I saw it when I was camping and my family and I went to see it! It was freaky!!!!

Jenny says:

August 20, 2007, 1:32 pm

I saw the light too. It starts out a small red dot and gets bigger, then suddenly turns white and really bright. It sways back and forth and seems to dance in circles, then just disappears. Every time it comes back it does something different. And it was appearing and disappearing about once every three or four minutes. It stayed bright for about two minutes. One time it showed up, it seemed to have blue and green mixed in the white light. (I was looking at it through binoculars.) It also showed up almost orange sometimes. I was with a group of people and all of us agreed that there was no way that this was headlights. Headlights don’t change colors like that. Also, the road that supposedly curves where you see the light doesn’t have enough traffic to coincide with how often you see the lights. We took M-45 there and back and didn’t see a lot of traffic. If this light is supposed to be caused by headlights, then you would think that there is a freeway there by the amount of times I saw the light! I just don’t think that there is any way that it’s headlights!!! As far as the swamp gas theory goes, how could it be swamp gas when the light shows up in the winter when the swamp is completely frozen?

MIKE says:

August 24, 2007, 10:17 pm


Gene says:

September 28, 2007, 6:52 pm

Those of you that have seen the lights that appear to be vehicle lights , you are correct, that is what you are viewing. we did altitude and gps wave points at the viewing area and also at the area where the lights apppear. we drove up to the point on Highway45 where the altitude and wave point concur. At that location we turned on our emergency blinkers on our vehicle. The rest of the team stayed at the viewing area and radioed back to us that they saw what appeared to be the paulding light blinking (our vehicle lights), but they also said they saw an opague green orb just a bit up from the stream on the abandoned road, it would come closer,then move from side to side and also change height from near the ground to about 6 or 7 feet above ground. it was only visible for about 5 or 10 minutes. We came to the conclusion that most of the light sightings are mistaken as vehicle lights, but occasionally something does appear on or near the immediate line of sight no more than 300yds away and sometimes very close. We took the time to clean up the garbage that some of the viewers left for other folks to pick up. It is a nice site to go to, many of the people we have met there have been there numerous times. We have been there 12times this year.

Ghost Watcher says:

October 8, 2007, 10:43 pm

To the person claiming that it is lights in “I-45″ you must be superman if you can see all the way to the Dallas to Houston area in Texas… Get real, and FYI, I drove through there today with a GPS unit, and MI 45 does not intersect the power line right of way to the north….

erin says:

October 15, 2007, 10:29 pm

i have been there numerous times and have seen the light each time. sometimes it is red, green, or white.many times it appears to be swinging back and forth and actaully comes toward you. this phenomena has been reported on unsolved mysteries many times. there have been numerous scientists investigating this as well. yes, there is a road in the vicinity but it has been proven that that you can not see it from the hill where you stand. we were there once when people were seeing if it was tailights, they had radios and were talking back and forth with people who were standing on the hill. we could not see their tailights, so i definitely think something paranormal is going on. its a really cool experience, i recommend that you see for yourself

Jon says:

January 15, 2008, 3:15 pm

There is a simular place in Texas called Saratoga. Located in Saratoga TX. I have been there several times.

frank says:

March 12, 2008, 2:13 pm

This is totally fake. I went to see the Paulding light, and it was barely anything. There was just a small light that someone could probably turn on or off at any time. Anyways, I don’t think that this is real when I went to see it.

Tracy says:

March 20, 2008, 12:43 am

The Paulding light is crazy.. and its real. how could car light turn from red, to yellow, to green to white, swing back and forth, move forward and backward. give you the feeling that something is out there in the woods. weird things have happened there, cars not starting, weird ghostly pictures, green ooze from the trees and on the ground. it happens for a reason. and it is very sad that people go out there to drink beer, do satanic stuff, and just bother the light, with flash lights, and chasing it around. the Cops go out there every night in the summer. it never use to be that way. I say if your planning on making a trip. to respect the light. because then, the Light will “preform” better. Im glad no one really knows what it is. No one should ever find out either.

Menendez says:

April 17, 2008, 11:23 pm

Here’s the real deal: (also see FAQ below)

I first came across this phenomenon in the Summer of 2002. It was the first time I have ever seen something that I could not readily explain. I shot some video of it which you can download. I visited the place four times over the next few years, and started making interesting observations.

Upon internet research, I saw that the best way to look at this was through a good telescope on a clear night. Binoculars had no effect when I tried those. People on other sites have claimed that it is car headlights in the distance.

In July of 2004, we made another expedition. As twilight came, I set up my Meade 6” ETX scope. I was surprised and dissapointed as I zeroed in on the spot where the lights come from. Very clearly, you can see car headlights moving up and down the grade. it takes the average car a little over a minute to travel the hill. I noticed that late at night this was true. Most likely this is because of the few cars on the road. If there are more cars traveling together, then the light may be brighter or longer.

The red lights are easily explained. If there is no oncoming traffic and a car is heading away from you, you will see its faint red light. Now because the cars are so far away, all the light seems to becoming from a single point, which cannot be resolved with out high grade precision optics becuase of the distance. A car suddenly leaving view that was oncoming while there is another car heading the opposite direction will create that dramtic white to red and vice versa effect. It is a very unique phenomenon but relatively simple. My only question is why Ripleys or unsoled Mysteries couldnt figure out something this simple. (more about this in the faq section)

Q: I’ve seen blue and green lights too, how do you explain that?
A: Coming over a far distance so close to the horizon, the light waves will be distorted by air. Many colors are possible because of this. If you look at the moon, it is orange as it rises and sets due to atmospheric distortion. This is also true with stars, which are a better example. A star twinkles many different colors the closer it gets to the horizon.

Q: This was around before cars were invented!
A: Was it? I have heard that it was not until the 60’s that this was discovered. Also many origin theories are out there on this, I don’t think they are true

Q: Were railroad tracks there at one time?
A: Also debatable, I have not seen any hard evidence of this, not that it makes much difference. The road is supposedly dating back to the 1800’s and was authorized by Abraham Linkin during the civil war to prevent a British invasion

Q: I have seen big white lights in videos, how do you explain that?
A: This is due to the autofocus problems on the cameras. A great still of this can be seen of the Paulding Light video that Lionstar put out.

Q: Why are there no trespassing signs all over?
A: If I owned land there I would not want drunken teenagers or anyone else snooping around on my property waking me up and stuff

Q: The light moves back and forth, explain
A: Does it? not really. If you had a few cars going down the hill at once, the light would look much much brighter. Its this bright/dim effect that causes that. The wavy appearence is also because of atmoshperic distortions.

Q: Why couldn’t Ripleys solve it?
A: I don’t know. Frankly I beleive the story that they were there was just a rumor. I have not see hard proof. If it is true that they offered $100,000 to solve it and someone from Ripley’s is reading this, use the paypal button below to make your reward.

Q: What about unsolved mysteries? Same deal?
A: I think this is a rumor too, if anyone knows where i cna get a copy or see this episode, let me know

Q: Why would the Forestry department put a sign up?
A: They probably dont have the time or desire to investigate it, and hell it brings tourists there, cant complain about that

Q: I’ve seen shadows..ghosts…
A: This site is designed only to explain the light itself. It is a creepy and remote area, but only because we naturally perceive it that way. Shadows could be many of things, I have never seen them myself and I’d investigate if I did.

Q: Friends of ours in the valley couldnt see the light and it looked like it was right above them.
A: Light itself is hard to judge by distance. All you can do to judge distance is brightness. This can be manipulative, because some brighter stars are further away than dimmer stars. But anyways, the people in the valley are to low to see over the ridges where the light comes from. You can only see on the top of the hill.

Q: What road are we looking at then?
A: Believe it or not, but its 45 a few miles away! You never rrealize it and I didnt for awhile, but youre actually facing towards north at the end of robbins pond road! Those power lines you see hook up with 45 if you ever want to take that far of a walk.

Q: Car lights cannot be that bright over a distance
A: Under clear skies, easily, especially with brights. Also in the dark, your eyes are much more sensitive.

Q: I’ve heard sounds!
A: It’s a ridiculously big woods, who knows whats out there, and dont for get their is a stream a few hundred yards away from the top of the hill. Also, Im dealing only with the light itself.

Q: The paulding lights seem intellignet/sensitive?
A: Because a car is only in view or for about a minute, it can seem like it is reacting to things around you. The time varies with the number of cars. This is all coincidence.

Q: Ya. its lights, but thats not the real paulding light!
A: I have heard this a few times, that there is some other Paulding light that is real that comes around once every few years. Lets think of this by the odds. The Paulding light area is a very rare and unique situation. To have this enviroment exist is incredible. It is interesting that these cars seem to be from only one point. Now there is another “light” that just happens to be in this already unique spot? I think this is BS by the locals, also seems to be told more lately because of the fact people like me are figuring it out. Once again, I wouldn’t want to lose the legend and mystery if I lived in the area.

Q: I’ve seen 2 sets of lights, how is this possible if it looks like it comes from only one point?
A: Also, in cameras this is because of the lensing/autofocus. Also, atmospheric distortions or fog can cause this. The lights may be split by trees or other objects between you and the cars many miles away. Also, check to see if you are sober.

Q: (my favorite) Some lady told me that there are other lights or that these are real and she’s lived here forever……..
A: If I lived there I’d make it a point to freak people out, it would be fun, and once again, bringing in the tourists is good for business and gives watersmeet something to be famous for

Aimee says:

May 2, 2008, 11:03 am

It’s most likely not haunted. However, the state of Michigan has two of the strangest spots in the world, with cars being able to move up a hill, and tumbleweeds going in the opposite direction they should be. The upper peninsula of Michigan is known for that.
One wierd thing that always creeped me out about the place I went to was that there was absolutely no sound at all, not even an animal hence bug in sight. It could be something in scientific nature to explain that…however, I always get goosebumps from not hearing anything at all; it was as if you are deaf.

Dougie says:

May 13, 2008, 11:50 pm

I was there on Saturday May 10,2008 and seen it. I have been there many times over the years since I have a cabin in land o lakes area. My brothers and have explored the national forest roads near and around it. I dont know if its real…. But its there all the time so you explain it………. And hey for all of you who say if it cant be explained its not real. How many religous people have really seen GOD

Dougie says:

May 13, 2008, 11:54 pm

If any one wants more info Im up in the area within 30 miles every other weekend so post on this site if you want more info and
Ill give you my own personal email or address. so please keep visiting the area. No I dont make any money its my vaccation area.

Jenny says:

May 24, 2008, 6:24 pm

i dont believe the paulding lights are car lights. one of my trips to it the light came within 40 feet of me and my friends. it looked like 3 headlights of a train..bright as the sun and lit up the entire area!! how could a car do that? my friends and i have walked along the powerlines about for a few hundred feet and i can only describe the mood there as extremely creepy. while we were down on the trail we saw no lights in the distance at all, and it wasnt until we got back that a woman who was there said that the light was very active the entrie time we were gone! ive seen the light change from red to orange to green and to white. its is quite the experience.

RAngergirl says:

July 1, 2008, 10:44 pm

I can’t say what/why/where these lights are from. I guess, after living in the U.P. all my childhood and then some, I have come to appreciate a good ghost story. As a teen, a small group of us would visit the “light” and some times it was there, sometimes not. Yes, sometimes it appeared to come towards us…we never stuck around long enough to see how close it would get. :) The dead railroad man is the story I knew … and that is the one I pass on. Sadly, a barricade had to be put up. Last weekend I returned to visit my old “haunt” and I found bags of trash, noisy and rude visitors and people that just wanted to “trash” (pun intended) our legend. The sign is now also gone.

If you don’t believe it in, that’s ok. For those of us that grew up with it, took our friends and visitors to view the sighting, we had fun and appreciate a good U.P. folklore legend. Yes, it has been on TV and some determined it wasn’t swamp gas, reflections of headlights or lights on the power lines. Despite what it is or isn’t…one thing it is and will always be to the locals is a good ghost story. Please keep the area clean, be respectful and let the legend live on …

Al says:

July 21, 2008, 9:33 am

Its all a fake, folks! Some years ago a group of video folks taped the lights being hauled out and turned off and on. Could easily see the pole where the lights hang from.


Danielle says:

July 28, 2008, 2:11 pm

I’ve lived in Wisconsin for nearly 10 years. I heard of this light yesterday and it just so happend we were driving through before dark. We ran into a friend at the casino and we all went together to check it out. As soon as we got there we could see the light in the distance. There were many people there and some were leaving. I had my children so my friend stayed with us at the barricade. My husband and 4 other guys walked down to the stream. While they were gone the light came and it would get brighter and there seemed to be color surrounding it as it grew bigger and smaller. The sky would get brighter along the trees and in the horizon. When the white light would dissappear there would be a small red light. At one point it came towards us and got really close. One family that was there had a dog with them and he was crying and sounded really scared. My one year old son was uneasy as well. I was truly fascinated!! My husbad and his group came back and saw nothing. They were skeptical and said it was a car. I said that if it was a car then they would’ve walked past it on their way back. I guess you have to stay at the barricade. It helps if you are respectable and truly want to visit the light. People were very rude and came to drink and there was trash everywhere. If you don’t believe it you must see it for yourself. Show some respect as well! Maybe bring a lawn chair too!

Josh says:

July 29, 2008, 2:00 am

Ok so i was there this past weekend on sunday night. It was the first time i went there. Ive heard about it and have been always very interested in it. I saw the light. there is no way it was a cars light considering i saw it follow the trail down to the creek. Besides the light, is what else is out there. Me and my 4 friends decided to walk down the trail. we got right before the creek there. we sat down in the middle of the trail and tried to watch for the light. there was nothing. but as i was staring i kept seeing shadows move very quickly right in front of us. i thought i was just trippin out and my eyes were playing tricks on me. but everyone i was with saw them. i also saw red flickers everywhere as did everyone else. it was very cold down there. As i was sitting there, out of the corner of my eye i saw a cloudy figure come past me. we turned back and went to the observers spot at the guardrail. We started taking pictures with our camera all around us. within the first few pictures there was a face screaming at us. it was very detailed. it was pissed off. you could see his teeth the pupils of his eyes, his hairline, his shoulders, and his nose. it was very creepy. we took many pictures and we also saw faces in some but not nearly detailed as that one. As we were leaving we took one more picture standing on the back bumper of our vehicle. when the flash went off and went away there were many white people looking figures all around us. As if all the shadow people absorbed the light and just illuminated in the dark. We stopped talking instantly and asked eachother if we all seen that. everyone did. We then never got back into a car as fast as we did. By far one of the most crazy experiences for me and i cant wait to go back to get more pictures. Just one more thing if you do go there be respectful it was very irritating of how annoying some people were. and dont efin litter!!

colton anderson says:

August 12, 2008, 11:44 pm

i have seen the light and it is real. i went with my dad because i have a cabin near eagal river. it is creepy. i walked up as close as i could before it disapeerd then once i started walking away. i even filmed it but the video was low quality because it was just after midnight. but for those who say its fake. IT’S REAL!!!!

JEFF J. says:

August 24, 2008, 4:16 pm

Went to paulding with my three kids and wife in july of 2008. The light varied in intensity and color from bright white to a hazy yellow hue. Our family was there over one hour. The light appeared approximately thirty times lasting from 10 seconds to 2 minutes . the light also appeared close about one half mile and distant almost three miles away.It was a strange and eerie sensation the sky was starry the air was warm and humid . The memories of seeing the light will last me the rest of my life.

randy marsh says:

August 27, 2008, 2:20 pm

I live near Grand Rapids and was going to check the lights out during my annual vacation in the UP until I read this investigation and debunking of the mystery.. Makes sense and the author says anyone can do the simple tests themselves.. Oh well, it was a fun story!

Here’s the article:

“A Ghost Light Debunked” because here we were able to find a natural explanation to a ghostlight which has mystified people for nearly 20 years. I would like to begin by quoting from the Watersmeet Business Directory, “While in Watersmeet you should see ‘The Mystery Light’. The ‘light’ has defied explanation since it was first sighted about a dozen years ago, although theories abound.
“To observe the phenomenon, one must drive north from Watersmeet on US 45 for 4 miles toward the neighboring village of Paulding, and take Robbins Lake Road for a short distance west – an umimproved rural lane once part of a military road authorized by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War in anticipation of a British attack through Canada.
“By tramping through dense woods to the summit of nearby hills, the mysterious light can be observed almost every night once darkness has descended on the northern wilderness.
“It appears to rise slowly out of the forest and then hovers low in the sky for varying intervals – ranging from a couple of minutes to over a quarter of an hour. Often described as looking like a ‘bright star’ it first seems to be a campfire ember, reaching an intense reddish glow, then becoming a haze and finally receding to a mere spark before disappearing into the night.
“Explanations vary from fanciful to factual. Some say it’s the spirit of a long dead mail carrier ambushed by Indians over a century ago; others insist it is the ghost of an engineer killed in a nearby railroad accident in years gone by. One woman thinks it’s a mystical sign of religious significance. In the meantime, ‘The Mystery Light’ continues to baffle, intrigue and mystify the visitor.”
I first learned about the Watersmeet ghost light several years ago at lecture in Chicago. The speaker said that this light was visible every night with very few exceptions and was a valid phenomenon.
The next time the light was brought up to me was from a member of the GRS, (Ghost Research Society, PO Box 205, Oaklawn, Il. 60454-0205, (312)425-5163), Bill Kingsley, who wrote an article about his encounters with the light and included photographs, (see Vol. 4, No. 4 – Oct. 1985, Ghost Trackers Newsletter).
He was quoted as saying, “My impression was that these lights were alive… I feel that these lights are definately not reflections from auto headlights or reflected light off of power line insulators. I feel that there is a natural explanation to these lights; but what?”
Along with his article and photographs, he supplied with two newspaper articles about the light. One from the Detroit News dated 1-26-82 and the other from the Milwaukee Journal dated 11-30-80.
James L. Kerwin, who writes for the Detroit News, said in his article, “Some suspect the mystery lights have something to do with UFOs. A New Jersey UFO club checked it out but failed to confirm its suspicions.”
Chris Roberts, a former Hazel Park resident who operates a small general store at nearby Paulding, was quoted as saying, “People have made tests by having a friend blink their lights, on and off, going up the highway. But the mystery lights appear above the blinking headlights.”
Bob Zelinski, who operates a canoe rental livery in neighboring Watersmeet, says, “Some say it’s a ghost conductor killed in a train wreck many years ago, searching the tracks. Others think it may be a lost miner, looking for his claim. Then, the site near old Military Road, to Fort Wilkins, where robbers killed a man delivering mail in 1870. They say the victim is looking for his dead sled dogs.”
Harry Pease of the Milwaukee Journal writes, “The snow was thinning. Zelinski got out a topographic map and pointed out the lay of the land. Sure enough, the mysterious lights in the woods are auto headlights and taillights on Highway 45. You pick them up on the long hill at Maple Grove Cemetery, 11 miles from Dingman’s Rock. The cemetery lies about 1,315 feet above sea level. Paulding is down in a hole between there and the lookout points. The village puts a little glow in the sky – just enough to give the onlooker a false horizon.”
With all this conflicting information and testimony, we decided to check out the reports ourselves. Two other members of the GRS, Richard Locke and Richard Kerscher, of Evanston and Glenview, Illinois respectively, volunteered to act as our guides and help with our investigations since they had both been to Watersmeet several times before and had seen the lights. Their conclusions were that the lights were simply auto headlights and taillights seen from a distance and nothing supernatural in nature.
I still had to see for myself and be open-minded since I have observed many different ghost lights around the country and no two lights looked the same and no two areas were topographically similiar. The only item that is usually nearby is railroad tracks and, given that, there is always the legend concerning an engineer losing his head! The light that is seen is supposed to be his lantern carried by his headless ghost and he is looking for his disembodied head! Historically and legendarily interesting, but seldom true.
We traveled to Watersmeet the week of September 13 – 21st of 1986. We stayed in Ironwood, Michigan which is about an hours drive west of Watersmeet. Our two other helpers were stationed in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin about a half-hour south. Our first full day was spent trying to collect newspaper articles, interview witnesses and talk to various media personell who might know something about the light. Most of our efforts were fruitless. Even larger towns like Bessemer, Wakefield, Paulding and Bruce Crossing did not have any information about the light or it’s possible origins.
Our first nights viewing was somewhat obscurred by drizzle and haze but the light did make an appearance several times! We saw both the white and red lights as reported by Mr. Kingsley and many other reliable witnesses, but could not really determine what the cause of the lights were that particular evening.
The next day was spent collecting topographic maps of the area and interviewing forest rangers who knew the area well. We were trying to locate Dingman’s Rock, which was supposed to be the ideal vantage point. We did not find this area until the day before our departure. The name “Dingman’s Rock” is apparently local in origin and not on any of the geographic survey maps of the area. That evening, we, again saw the light and were able to capture it through high-power binoculars. It diffused quite nicely into a pair of automobile headlights with an occasional taillight also coming into view. This wasn’t positive proof yet, to me.
The next morning we traveled north beyond the viewing points along US 45, toward Paulding and Bruce Crossing. We found the small cemetery mentioned in the Journal article and carefully plotted mileage from that point back to the observation points at Dingman’s Rock and Robbins Pond Road. We found out that the mileage is close to 11 miles as reported but perhaps less because the point where the lights are first picked up are at the top of a large hill, elevation over 1,500 feet above sea level and nearly 200 feet higher than the elevation at Maple Grove Cemetery. From that point, it’s exactly 8.3 miles to Robbins Pond Road which is old highway 45 and also points almost due north. What you are actually seeing is carlights topping the hill, occasionally dimming their bright lights for oncoming cars, taillights of those oncoming cars passing the first cars, their bright lights coming on again and then the cars disappearing into a deep slope in the road. If you could time when the car lights vanished from sight and then wait until those same cars pass behind you on US 45 at an average speed of 55 mph, it would be approximately 7 minutes!
We conducted stopwatch tests to calculate the average amount of time the lights were in view at an average speed of 55 mph and found this to be 90.2 seconds. These tests were performed on the evening of September 17th between the hours of 9-10 pm. The next morning we arrived at the crest of the large hill, (already traveling at 55 mph), and drove for 90 seconds. We were relatively sure of the exact point on US 45 where the mysterious lights vanished from view. It was nearly three-quarters of the way down the large hill. You could no longer see the observation point from this area!
The last evening was the final test or coup de grace, as I like to call it. We set up a video camera and pointed it in the direction of the lights, with generous help from Mr. Locke and Mr. Kerscher! My brother, Wayne, (a research director for the GRS), then drove my car to the top of the large hill with the four-way flashers going; which we quite easily picked up through binoculars. His instructions were to start back down at precisely 8:30 pm and to blink the bright lights every 5 seconds. The results were conclusive! We captured the oncoming car on video tape with the lights blinking every 5 seconds on cue. The view through binoculars was even more convincing because you could nearly see the outline of the car! This was proof enough for me!
This is the only ghost light to date that has been debunked by myself and my assistants; others are and have been more difficult, if not impossible, to disprove. The standard “headlight theory” seems to fit this light but none of the others that we have investigated. There are some readers that will read this article and still shake their heads, not wanting to believe, but the proof is in the pudding and all you have to do is to duplicate these very simple experiments yourselves if you are ever in the area and see for yourself. The mystique of this light is over but many others still lie waiting for future experimenters to puzzle over!

From crest of large hill to: Dingman’ Rock is 6.1 miles and to Robbins Pond Road is 8.3 miles.
Average amount of time that lights were in view was 90.2 seconds.
Distance lights traveled in 90.2 seconds at an average speed of 55 mph is 7,275.32 feet or 1.377941666 miles.
A car traveling at 55 mph travels approximately 80.66 feet per second.
We can therefore conclude that the lights disappear approximately 4.73 miles from Dingman’s Rock and 6.93 miles from Robbins Pond Road. This would be the closet approach that an observer could get to the lights. This would effectively put the disappearance of the lights very close to the town of Paulding which lies in a slope between two large hills.


Randy Marsh says:

August 28, 2008, 12:21 am

Great stories. But I think some people go to a place like this and let their imaginations take over.

You can do the investigator’s tests outlined in the earlier post and see for yourself that it’s actually headlights and tail lights from vehicles in the distant hills that are creating the lights.

scott willey says:

August 31, 2008, 3:24 am

i seen the light tonight, we walked down the trail and it seemed like there were shadows moving everywhere, the light was kinda boring but the shadows were kinda creepy, i looked at a map and there are no roads where headlights and tail lights could been seen

drgomti says:

October 29, 2008, 9:44 pm

The U.P. could very easily disprove randy marsh’s theory by stopping all traffic on Hwy. 45 in the stretch that randy talks about. I would like randy to come that night n see for himself!! : )) How about it, randy??

tim says:

November 3, 2008, 7:26 pm

I used to live in Marquette, went there three times. there may be some headlights and taillights you can see from there. but unless the lights are going through some weird gas or prism, those weren’t car lights i saw. If you are seeing car lights from one road going the same direction every time, why would the lights we see go left to right, and appear to get closer and dance around. doesn’t seem like a good answer.

Catrina says:

May 19, 2009, 11:16 am

I was there a few times. The first time I thought I had seen something but wasn’t sure. The second time I went I went with my boyfriend. It was my birthday and I wanted to go check it out even though it’s the middle of February. We Seen the light and my boyfriend decided to tak off after it. He said that it would retreat and disappear a while but come back a different color farther away because he kept advancing towards it. We went back again but we went the back way so we were closer but the light wasn’t there that time. I believe that it’s there as long as no one goes the back way in their vehicles.

Kenton says:

May 28, 2009, 9:05 am

I went to see it in the early spring, snow was still on the ground and it was raining, I could see car headlights in the distance and assumed they were what was causing all the commotion, but suddenly a very bright light appeared in the trees to the left of the car lights, It rose up into the air, above the horizon line and appeared to be moving toward us. It was very bright and seemed to be spinning, although that may have been an optical illusion. If it was headlights distorted by some sort of strange atmospheric effect I could not say. But it was strange. And I am going back next week with a video camera and some good binoculars, I will let you know what I find.

Tim Weber says:

July 28, 2009, 11:14 pm

The Paulding Lights are absolutely real, and unexplainable. I’ve seen them many times, and the explanation that they’re car headlights is impossible. What the “headlight” theory proponents don’t realize is that they’re aren’t many cars up there, especially at night. It’s simply not headlights.

alex dickerson says:

August 18, 2009, 1:32 pm

Yeah, I don’t see how people could think that something which has been going on 24-7 for decades and observed by thousands could be a hoax. I’ve heard people saying everything from its teenagers (perpetually?) to headlights (of a silent car which never needs to refuel, driven by a man who never needs to sleep). Or people testing their headlight theories and calling it conclusive (if it were conclusive, then you would see the outline of cars when you look at the lights through binoculars the same way you did when you had your brother drive the car, randy marsh). What kind of person makes it a goal to destroy the beliefs of others?

randy marsh says:

September 12, 2009, 1:11 pm

I finally got a chance to view the ‘Mysterious Paulding Lights’ Sept 6th while on my annual trip to the UP.. Spent an hour there with a growing and sometimes annoying crowd of spectators, many with their folding chairs, beer coolers full of booze, and snack food sometimes and thoughtlessly left behind as litter.. Earlier that day I drove over to the site to see what it looked like in daylight and ended up picking up beer and soda cans and junk food wrappers people had thoughtlessly left behind.. Back to the lights; I spent almost an hour watching the lights randomly appear and disappear through my binoculars at the top of the hill and am convinced they are merely headlights from vehicles.. Could see the headlights very clearly and occasionally another vehicle would be coming up behind the ‘mysterious headlights’ and the light intensity occasionally varied according to whether the vehicles had the brights or low beams on. After about an hour of watching the same repetition of lights I got bored and drove to my destination near Munising.

Believe what you will. I saw nothing but headlights. Will maybe go again during a time when there are not as many tourists and ‘party people’..

randy marsh says:

September 12, 2009, 1:36 pm

Realized after reading my post that I had mentioned ‘thoughtlessly left behind litter’ twice in my comment and there is no editing option once you post. Guess it’s because I’ll never understand how some people can just ignorantly leave their trash behind on the beautiful beaches and landscapes of our state and with no conscience. On my vacation I must have picked up a truckload of trash in the UP which wasn’t my intention!

Yoopers get really bugged with thoughtless littering.. Dig it, if you bring it in, take it back out with you. Every recreation area, rest area, and gas station has trash containers.

mureka says:

October 31, 2009, 12:34 am

Definitely real. Also grew up in Bessemer, and saw it many times. Much less exciting than one would expect, but very much there!

Christopher says:

July 17, 2010, 11:48 pm

I recently saw this ‘Paulding Light’ – whatever it is. If its only car lights, an actual ghost or unexplained light, or some combination of the two. I have to say that I am about split on what I saw that night. I wish I would have used my binoculars to get a better view at the lights I was seeing. I was there on Friday night July 9th. What I remember was seeing absolutely nothing that sparked my interest for about 50 minutes but then the last 15 or so I saw the ‘light’. If it was cars I am not sure why the light from them would suddenly show up after the twilight went away finally in those really short U.P. summer nights. If people have only been seeing car lights in the past 3 + decades up here then this has to be one of the longest and best performed hoaxes ever ! I say that because this is a very remote area with not much traffic and this light does appear even in the winter months. What I saw for the last 15 minutes was a red light about the size of a normal star in the sky for the first 8-9 minutes approximately. Then it turned into a white light (but I didn’t see the red and white at the same time that I can remember) and the white light got bright for about 2 minutes or so and then the light went back to red for the remaining 4 minutes or so. The last red light I saw for those 4 minutes appeared to be almost separating but not quite. I definitely got a spooky feeling from this and I left cause I was alone and didn’t want to get too spooked out. Plus I was camping out in a zoo practically with all those animals around. The ‘kicker’ to all this to me is that there was a man there next to me as I was viewing the light in its red stage and I specifically asked him if that was the ‘Paulding Light’ and he said yes (with no mention of it being traffic lights from cars). So this guy is either in the scam, totally clueless since he said he’d been seeing it since he was in high school and he looked around 50, or like some people have said there really is an unexplainable light out there. I’d like to think at least one of those 4 or 5 people I’ve read saying the light got so close it light up the inside of their car but that definitely not easy to believe so I guess you’d have to have it on video or at least a good photo. I am not sure if I will visit that weird place again or not I saw it on my way back from briefly visiting the Porcupine mountains. Note: I did see at least one vehicle take that left onto that other road before you get to the barricade that people hang out to see the light from and throw their trash and some people act so stupid you want to punch them. Fortunately most people were ok there but yeah way too much distractions.

WoodstocWitch says:

July 18, 2010, 9:44 pm

Hey Guys, Okay, if the truth be know, it was me along. The Light dude. Gotcha!! Haha! That’s what I get paid to do make scarry noises and shine scarry lights at people. I turn it off when you people are about too pee your pants. I’s funny as hell. The pay sucks though.

Tim C says:

August 13, 2010, 1:30 am

I just watched “Fact or Fake: Paranormal Files” on SyFy channel. They investigated this and couldn’t come up with an explanation. They did have police block the road and drove their car down the road and turn there head lights off and on. While this was going on, the other investigator was recording all this at barricade. He didn’t see their car lights go off. The Light (that everyone is talking about) continually stayed on. Watch the episode at to see for yourself.

Teresa says:

August 13, 2010, 11:06 am

I want to go see this phenomenon but i dont know if i want to drive for 9 hours to see it if its just car headlights! I can see that here in my own town. I did however watch Fact or Faked last night about these lights and they blocked the road to do thier own investigations only to find that the lights still are a mystery. hmmm…is it worth the trip??

El Guapo says:

August 16, 2010, 12:07 am

I am quite sure that “fact or faked” did a poor job of attempting to replicate the headlights. They probably used the completely wrong section of wrong, not spending the time or doing actual research to realize the spot is 8-10 miles up the road near the cemetary

M.R. says:

August 16, 2010, 2:02 am

I watched fact or faked the other night not knowing this was in Michigan. I have lived here for 35 years and never heard of this. I thought it was pretty cool. I have been reading the post people have been putting on here and the one that uaually says it is car headlights keeps coming up. It’s debunked right? I don’t think so. Now I am not saying you can’t see them (I have never been ther) but have you seen the videos? Randy Marsh gave a lot of info on his debunking, but lights that are 8.3 miles away are not that big and brilliant. High beams on a car at 4 miles are smaller than what you see in the videos. And not only that a video camera of any type is going to make an object look farther away then it is (hence the big brilliant light you see in the videos). I am not saying this is paranormal there could be a very resonable explanation, but it is something me and my family are going to check out. If anything it can be a fun family trip. Randy Marsh if you in fact have debunked this and can back it up, why not contact the SyFy show “fact or faked Paranormal files” and show them what you claim to be car headlights and put your money where your mouth is. I will agree with you on one thing people visiting not only here but anywhere should pick up their trash before “Woodsy the Owl” shuts it down.

Noel says:

August 18, 2010, 10:39 pm

I’m from the other side of the U.P. and I can see ship lights from certain points while driving. Could theses be ship lights? I looked at the map and yes its far away but as we all know there isn’t alot of stuff up here.

Kenton says:

August 20, 2010, 11:43 am

I have been there three times, the first time a very was just after dusk, a very bright light (dazzling and bluish white) rose from horizon level and rose probably 45 degrees into the sky. I have no explanation for whatever it was, the next two times there were other people there and they saw a bright light on the horizon, which I can guarantee was car headlights on the highway to the southwest. So yes I have seen the Paulding light and cannot explain what I saw, on the other hand I also saw car lights that everyone there was saying was the Paulding light, and through my telescope was clearly car headlights. The first time I was there I did not have my telescope, but whatever it was rose high above the horizon line and could not have been car headlights.

michele says:

August 21, 2010, 11:22 pm

Just curious is to why when people see the light, they never use a telescope. Wouldn;t that make it more clear??

nancy says:

September 11, 2010, 11:27 pm

Im 13 years old and i have been here over 20 times.its real.i have gone with my family in the day time and gone through the backroads to find possible reasons for this light.its no car or head lights it moves to fast to be that and can come to close.there also could be multiiple lights.there isnt any swamp near it.its in the middle of the woods.NASA has been there when i was doing tests and they couldnt figure it out.its most deffinently a sight to see.i think it might really be a gas of some sort but the story is still neat

Yooper Girl says:

October 3, 2010, 10:30 pm

I have been there once and unfortunately didnt see anything, but my husband drove truck for a company and went through there every week and he described his drive as coming into Watersmeet and traffic stopped on the highway with an bright orange/redish light floating above the trees. in that area. I believe that there is something there as noone has been able to prove anything but have been able to debunk the car theory.

Brittany says:

October 6, 2010, 10:03 am

The floating gleem of light that everyone keeps seening is called an orb. the orb can also trans form in to the body of the deaseed one.

Jessica says:

October 14, 2010, 1:52 am

Me and 2 friends just got back from Paulding lights. I have never seen anything like this before!! As we arrived the light was red and dim down the trail. We got out of the truck and as we walked toward the gaurd rail the light got brighter going to a white light with the little red light floating near it in the 5 oclock area. All of us were in shock at this point. We had brought a set of 10×42 binoculars, and if anyone ever goes to see this i highly recomend bringing a pair. Right away we decided to start walking toward the lights. We walked down and crossed a river and made our way up to where the lights had been dancing across the trail. We saw nothing, we had heard from many that the lights stop when you walk toward them and we seemed to think this is true. On our way back we crossed the river again, keeping an eye behind us. About 3/4 of the way back the red light started to apear again in the distance. We got back to the original gaurd rail,and sat and studied these lights through the binoculars. The lights were crazy, there were times when there were 4 lights in the distance. red orange and white lights. The red lights would move swiftly in and out of the woods and the large white light would get really bright and then disapear. This is an amazing sight to see. I highly recomend going there. And the light has been seen for over 40 years. I know people in their 40’s that went as teenagers. Also where these lights are seen is hardwoods, google map the area and you will see the terrain. There are no roads behind the are that could be car lights creating this light. And even if you dont belive its the ghost of the railroad brakeman then just think of it as a natural unsolved mystery that is awesome to see in a life time.

David says:

December 10, 2010, 8:52 pm

I know its real.On fact or faked hey investigated the paulding light and they tested to see if it was car lights.They had a road block for the test and they saw the light and it was not car lights the guy watching said what am I looking at.

Kathy says:

June 14, 2011, 12:44 am

I have lived in the U.P. for many years and yes the “Light” is real. The T.V. show Unsolved Mysteries came up there to see if they could UNBUNK the light. They tested the swamp and the Highways to see if it was car lights or tail lights causing this to “appear” and then “disappear” no evidences was found. It is a complete mystery to everyone. They went as far as having Wisconsin Power test their lines for any electrical occurances which may have caused the light since it does follow the Power Pole lines…they to came up with nothing. Best to say its one of life’s little gifts. just take it for what it is and enjoy the evening while your there. :)

Maya says:

June 26, 2011, 8:44 pm

I just got back from camping near Watersmeet and saw the Paulding light. It is real and there is no road that is near and behind the light for miles to reflect the taillights. It proves to not be car lights because it bounces around in many directions and changes to different colors. I watched it for about 3 hours and it appears and disappears randomly and can get so bright you can see it flickering on other peoples faces. The mystery about is it that when you walk down the dirt trail that goes straight to the light you cannot see anything. I walked down right by to where you could be standing right under it and nothing happened. There was nothing strange going on right there. I got back to the viewing point and you could see it. But I did notice a very slight unexplained glow just behind the hill…

Tim Wicklund says:

October 3, 2012, 3:28 pm

MTU Students debunked this a little while back. This was a natural phenomenon (car headlights).

Yoopergirl says:

June 20, 2015, 2:25 am

Ive been there a couple times. Once in the 70’s before the road was blocked off. The lights date back prior to automobiles. Native Americans reported seeing the lights and early explorers as well. I was quite surprised at the numerous license plates from all over the U.S. when I brought my husband and child there last summer. It’s become quite the phenomenon! There are many skeptics and theories about the cause of the lights but the really neat thing is, it can’t be explained…. There are too many trees and hills for the lights to be automobile tail lights. There are no train track that run through there any more. It’s just a light that appears in the distance with no proven reason. It’s not creepy or eerie. Just interesting.

Jenna says:

July 12, 2015, 5:42 pm

a couple of days ago me and my family went to see it and i think it was probably the scariest thing iv’e ever seen. after seeing the light in the distance a couple times, me and my sister decided to walk down the path. we were walking for a while and saw the light going on and off in the distance and thought we should go farther to see it. we started walking past the creek and up the hill after it and we saw it clear as day in front of us, so we ran back as fast as we could and when were past the creek again i looked back and saw it following us.
I know for sure it wasn’t a car because it was a couple of feet away from us. I’m 16 and i’m sure i will go back because its so fascinating

GD says:

August 11, 2015, 10:31 pm

This is not unsolved. It’s been solved by many different groups, as early as the early 1980s, long before the WWW existed. Strange that so many people pretend it’s “unsolved”.

Sax** says:

October 4, 2017, 2:54 am

The lights have been around before cars and trains.

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