The Port Austin Reef Light is a lighthouse off the shore of Lake Huron, about 2.5 miles north of Port Austin. Sitting on a rocky reef, which is just north of the tip of the Thumb and a real hazard to navigation, the Reef Light warns boaters of the shallow water.
Port Austin Reef Light is still an operational Aid to Navigation and the County’s only “offshore Lighthouse” remains an underdeveloped tourist resource for the entire region. With the recently developed informal “Thumb Light Group” through assistance of the Huron County Economic Development Corporation, the Port Austin Reef Light Association along with the Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse Society and the Harbor Beach Light Preservation Society are developing ways to jointly market a unique Lighthouse experience utilizing the characteristics of all three lighthouses. It is expected the continued marketing of this experience throughout the State of Michigan will build the tourist traffic and relative economic importance of all three lights—extending a theme already promoted in the very successful “Pure Michigan” market campaign over the past several years.
To learn more, visit the Port Austin Reef Light Association's website.