Manitou Island Lighthouse
Copper Harbor, MI. Lake Superior

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MANITOU ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

State: MICHIGAN
Location: OFF KEEWANAU PENINSULA/LAKE SUPERIOR
Nearest City: COPPER HARBOR
County: KEWEENAW
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1850

Existing Historic Tower:

  • Year Light First Lit: 1861
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1978
  • Foundation Materials: DESTROYED BY EROSION
  • Construction Materials: IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE
  • Shape: SKELETAL W/CENTRAL COLUMN
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 80
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1861
  • Present Optic: 190 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 81
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Previous Tower(s):
1. Construction Date:
Description:
Fate/Disposition:

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? UNKNOWN

  • Year Constructed:
  • Construction Materials:
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: WHISTLE

Existing Keepers Quarters?

  • Year Constructed: 1861
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: RECTANGULAR FRAME
  • Construction Materials: WOOD

Other Structures: BOATHOUSE; SKELETAL TOWER ATTQACHED TO HOUSE VIA ENCLOSED PASSAGEWAY

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO NORTH WOODS CONSERVANCY

Open to the Public? NO

Non-NPS Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #84001773
Name of Listing: MANITOU ISLAND LIGHT STATION (U.S. COAST GUARD/GREAT
LAKES TR) On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:

ALONG WITH WHITEFISH POINT IS OLDEST SKELETAL TOWER ON GREAT LAKES; PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN GROWTH OF MICHIGAN COPPER INDUSTRY; USCG PLANS TO TRANSFER PROPERTY OUT OF USCG OWNERSHIP

 
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Revised: 08/24/03.