how do you get to the lighthouse? Is there a way to see it in the summer without getting all sandy from the beach?
The lighthouse is across the channel from the park and quite hard to get to. You can view it nicely from across the channel. It is probably only 50 yards away and can be photographed from three sides. Also there is a sidewalk that goes from the parking area to mouth of the channel, which will get you right across from the lighthouse.
The best view is from Holland State Park along the channel. If you want to get up close, you have to drive along the south side of Lake Macatawa on South Shore Drive, park your car (carfule, most of the available space is private parking) and walk out along the channel.
You can get a good view on the park walkway but the lighthouse is not as easily accessible. We have a lighthouse tour guide in michigan you might want to seek out. The grand haven walkway and lighthouse are close to holland and you should add them to your list.
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