Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse
Alpena, MI. Lake Huron

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Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse

THUNDER BAY ISLAND LIGHT

Location: SOUTHEAST END THUNDER BAY ISLAND/LAKE HURON
Nearest City: ALPENA
County: ALPENA
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1832

Existing Historic Tower:

  • Year Light First Lit: 1832
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1980
  • Foundation Materials: DRESSED STONE/TIMBER
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/RED LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL (MODIFIED 1857)
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 50
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: 190 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 69
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES

  • Year Constructed: 1892
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style: RECTANGULAR
  • Fog Signal Type: DIAPHONE/ORIG. BELL

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES

  • Year Constructed: 1868
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: RECTANGULAR (ATTACHED)
  • Construction Materials: YELLOW BRICK

Other Structures: OIL HOUSE, STORAGE BUILDING, BOATHOUSE, DOCK (WEST SIDE OF ISLAND)

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO THUNDER BAY ISLAND PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site: LINK

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #84001371
Name of Listing: THUNDER BAY ISLAND LIGHT STATION (U.S. COAST
GUARD/GREAT LAKES TR) On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:

1832 TOWER HEIGHTENED 1857; ISLAND PROVIDES NESTING FOR COLONIAL NESTING MIGRATORY BIRDS; BOTH STATE AND FEDERALLY-LISTED ENDANGERED SPECIES FOUND ON THE ISLAND

 
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Revised: 08/14/03.