U.S. Coast Guard
This lighthouse replaced a lightship that had been in the area since 1891. Its red and white "barber pole" design is unique in American lighthouses. The tower was repainted by the Coast Guard in the summer of 2000.
Tower Height: 121
Height of Focal Plane: 125
Description of Tower: Conical steel and terra cotta tower (lined with brick), with white and red spiraling stripes, and red lantern.
This light is operational
Date Established: 1910
Date Present Tower Built: 1910
Date Automated: 1976
Optics: 1910: Second order Fresnel lens (now at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point); now 190 mm.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? No.
Accessible by boat only. It can be seen from tours offered by Mackinac Seaplane Tours -- see www.mackinacseaplanes.com or call 906-632-9746.
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places