The History

The Original lighthouse built at the Holland Harbor location was a small, square wooden structure built in 1870. In 1880 the Lighthouse Service installed a new light atop a metal pole in a protective cage. The old lantern was lowered by pulleys for service.

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The Seasons

Big Red® has stood tall in the Holland Harbor for nearly 100 years. Through rain and shine, through blistering summer days to cool autumn evenings. From the Icy austerity of Winter's relentless march as it gives way to the promise of Spring.

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The Heritage

The work of the Holland Historical Lighthouse Commission has enlisted the hours and the dedication of both local and seasonal residents whose love for the majesty and history of this iconic structure spans generations.

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Welcome to Big Red®

BIG RED® Welcomes Michigan  Lighthouse Alliance Annual Conference May 22-24 in Holland.

Theme: After high water and with Covid fading...

"What's Next? Planning to Thrive."

We appreciate your patience and understanding throughout '20 and '21 and we look forward to seeing you all as restrictions to our structure and our health are passing.

—The Historic Lighthouse Commission

 When planning to visit Bed Red, please take into account the fact that private property surrounds the access points to this historical treasure, so a bit of navigation around, and respecting of private property will help not only ensure your visit is enjoyable but keep the neighbors happy as well..

Pedestrian access to Big Red is available on Tuesdays  and Thursdays to local residents from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Please note overhead view of the Access points to Big Red at below right.

Out-of-state visitors may visit from 11am to sunset Mondays through Fridays. There is parking for four cars beyond the gatehouse, available when the gatehouse is staffed. Otherwise, parking is outside (not at marina or yacht club).  Bicycles must be left in the bike rack at the gatehouse. It is a quarter-mile walk to the lighthouse from the park entrance; the walk is across sand and gravel and is not handicapped-accessible.  No beach towels, dogs, or coolers can be carried in to the park.  Visitors may stay for one hour.

The gatehouse will be staffed weekends during May; this includes the weekends of Tulip Time. There will be an opportunity to park within the gate at that time.

*Image of Big Red® at Night
Courtesy of Shelly Leigh @ Michigan Milky Way

Overhead View of Pedestrian Access points to Big Red.
Overhead View of Pedestrian Access points to Big Red.