East of Port Austin is the 'Pointe Aux Barques' light. It's located on a point of land that marks the northern edge of the Port Huron section of Lake Huron. From here south, the route is straight and fairly safe from shipping hazards. This is the point that downbound ships from Mackinac or the 'Soo' would mark the end of crossing the expanse of Lake Huron and entering narrower (relatively speaking) waters.
Upbound ships from Detroit and Port Huron would use this light as a marker to either begin their turn into Saginaw Bay or moving out on the open waters in their run north.
The reef light is located nearly a mile off shore. It marks the northern turning point for all ships coming and going from Saginaw bay and points south, i.e., Detriot, Lake Erie, etc. The reef wrought havoc on ships before the light was established as the captains tried to cut the corner as tight as possible to make the best time. Coming to close to this the 'tip of the thumb', could ground the ship on the shore or on the protruding reef just off the point. The light still operates in all kinds of weather.
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891 Port Austin Road, Port Austin, Michigan, 48467, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
Simple setting, right in the center of things. Open seating
Favorite Dish: The menu was the usual kind of items found in individually owned restaurant. Nicely prepared. It's always a place to go to get something to eat. It may not be outstanding, but when it doubt, --- stop here.