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Name: Huron Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Skanee, Michigan, United States

Location: Lake Superior, West Huron Island, three miles north of Huron Point.

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Photo: Huron Island Lighthouse Preservation Association
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Managing Organization:
US Fish and Wildlife


Huron Island Light is very similar to Michigan's Granite Island Light. The Coast Guard still maintains the active optic in the lighthouse, and the site is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Huron Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The building was allowed to fall into severe disrepair, but the Huron Island Lighthouse Preservation Association is working to restore the station.

Tower Height: 39

Height of Focal Plane: 197

Description of Tower: Square granite tower attached to keeper's quarters.

Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Attached two story granite keeper's house.

Date Established: 1868

Date Present Tower Built: 1877

Date Automated: 1972

Optics: 1868: 3 1/2 order Fresnel lens; now electric oscillator light.

Fog Signal: Originally steam fog whistle, later diaphone horn.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Accessible by boat only. Those who travel to the islands should be aware of the location of reefs before attempting to land on the islands. Keweenaw Excursions offers cruises that pass this lighthouse; see or call 906-482-0884, or email

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Abel Hall (1868-1879), Duncan Cameron (1880-1891), Francis Jacker (1892-1897), Charles Schultz (1897-1900), Frank Witte (1901-1914), James Edwin Collins (1935-1951)

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