Thursday, October 19, 2017

KEWEENAW WATERWAY ENTRANCE LIGHTHOUSE

PORTAGE RIVER ENTRANCE, PORTAGE LAKE, LAKE SUPERIOR, NEAR JACOBSVILLE, MI
Station Established: 1868
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1920
Operational? YES
Automated? 1973
Deactivated: N/A
Foundation Materials: CRIB
Construction Materials: BRICK WITH REINFORCED CONCRETE
Tower Shape: OCTAGONAL
Markings/Pattern: WHITE
Relationship to Other Structure: SEPERATE
Original Lens: FOURTH ORDER

Historical Information:

  • The original lights that marked the entrance of the Portage River, they were designed as range lights. A 19-foot tower was the front range and the rear range consisted of a lantern 25 feet above a dwelling.
  • The range lights were replaced by the current tower. The octagonal tower was built in 1920. It was designed to be automated from the start.
  • It remains an active aid to navigation and remains in its original condition. It is not open to the public.

Researched and written by Melissa Buckler, a volunteer through the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.