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WHITEFISH POINT LIGHT

State: MICHIGAN
Location: WHITEFISH BAY / LAKE SUPERIOR
Nearest City: WHITEFISH
County: CHIPPEWA
U.S.C.G. District: 9
Year Station Established: 1848


Whitefish Point Light
NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman, 1998
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1861
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1970
  • Foundation Materials: CONCRETE/PILE
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/RED ROOF
  • Shape: SKELETAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 76
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1857
  • Present Optic: DCB-24
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 80
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1937
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style: "MODERN"
  • Fog Signal Type:
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES (MODIFIED 1894 AND 1911)
  • Year Constructed: 1861
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: DUPLEX
  • Construction Materials: FRAME
Other Structures: BRICK OIL HOUSE (1910), WOODSHED (1922), 2 GARAGES (1922), STEEL PAINT LOCKER (1890), RADIOBEACON

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/MUSEUM MANAGED BY GREAT LAKES SHIPWRECK HISTORICAL SOCIETY/BIRD OBSERVATORY MANAGED BY STATE OF MICHIGAN

Owner/Manager: GREAT LAKES SHIPWRECK HISTORICAL SOCIETY W/USCG ACCESS TO OPTIC

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #73000947
Name of Listing: WHITEFISH POINT LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
MUSEUM HOUSES THIRD ORDER LENS FROM WHITE SHOAL LIGHTHOUSE



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