Old Lake Saint Clair Flats Range Lights
Lake Saint Clair, MI

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Old Saint Clair Flats Front Range Light

ST. CLAIR FLATS S. CHANNEL RANGE LIGHTS (OLD)

Location: OFF HARSENS ISLAND/LAKE ST. CLAIR
Nearest City: ALGONAC
County: ST. CLAIR
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1859

First Historic Tower (REAR RANGE):

  • Year Light First Lit: 1859
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: 1907
  • Automated: 1970
  • Foundation Materials: WOODEN CRIB FILLED W/STONE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK/BLOCK
  • Markings/Patterns: BUFF COLOR
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 40
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1859
  • Present Optic: NONE
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 30
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Second Historic Tower (FRONT RANGE):

  • Year Light First Lit: 1859
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated:
  • Automated: 1970
  • Foundation Materials: SUBMERGE TIMBER CRIB
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: RED BRICK
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEP
  • Tower Height: 17
  • Original Optic: SIXTH ORDER
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1859
  • Present Optic: SIXTH ORDER
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 0
  • Height of Focal Plane: 20
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Fresnel Lens Disposition:

Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? NO (DESTROYED EARLY 1930S)

  • Year Constructed: 1859
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: ATTACHED TO REAR RANGE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK

Other Structures:

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION (FRONT RANGE)

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LICENSE TO SAVE OUR SOUTH CHANNEL LIGHTS ASSOCIATION

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site: LINK

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #90000853
Name of Listing: ST. CLAIR FLATS SOUTH CHANNEL RANGE LIGHTS
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:

ORIGINAL REAR FRONT RANGE RECONSTRUCTED 1875; RANGE ATTACHED TO HOUSE; RANGE SYSTEM DECOMMISSIONED 1907; FRONT TOWER REMAINS ACTIVE

Old Saint Clair Flats Rear Range Light

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Revised: 08/14/03.