Saturday, September 23, 2017

WHITEFISH POINT LIGHTHOUSE

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Offical Site:

Help Save the Whitefish Point Light Tower

Please click here to visit our Donations Page to make a contribution to Save the Whitefish Point Light Tower.  All contributions are welcome and are tax deductible.  It is not necessary to login nor be a member of the Shipwreck Society to make a donation.

Light Tower Stair designations are also available at $250 each for patrons to remember or honor someone.  To find out more about this opportunity, please call the Development Office, Great Lakes Shipwreck HIstorical Society, at 800-635-1742.


Provided by nps.gov

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

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

Miscellaneous:
MUSEUM HOUSES THIRD ORDER LENS FROM WHITE SHOAL LIGHTHOUSE