Big Bay Point Lighthouse
Big Bay, MI. Lake Superior

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BIG BAY POINT LIGHTHOUSE

State: MICHIGAN
Location: UPPER PENINSULA/LAKE SUPERIOR
Nearest City: BIG BAY
County: MARQUETTE
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1896

Existing Historic Tower:

  • Year Light First Lit: 1896
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: 1961-1990
  • Automated: 1941
  • Foundation Materials: STONE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK/REINFORCED CONCRETE
  • Markings/Patterns: RED BRICK W/WHITE LANTERN
  • Shape: SQUARE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 65
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1896
  • Present Optic:
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1990
  • Height of Focal Plane: 60
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL LENS ON EXHIBIT AT THE SITE
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES

  • Year Constructed: 1896
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: NONE

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES

  • Year Constructed: 1896
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: DUPLEX (B&B)
  • Construction Materials: RED BRICK

Other Structures: 2 CISTERNS, OIL HOUSE, GARAGE, 2 BRICK OUTHOUSES, DOCK, WELL HOUSE

Current Use: BED & BREAKFAST

Owner/Manager: PRIVATE OWNER WITH U.S. COAST GUARD ACCESS TO OPTIC

Open to the Public? YES (Goto Publicly Accessible Lighthouses for access information)

Non-NPS Web Site: Link

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #88001837
Name of Listing: BIG BAY POINT LIGHT STATION
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:

LIGHT RETURNED TO TOWER 1990; ORIGINALLY A TWO FAMILY STATION; THIRD KEEPER ADDED 1920S

 
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Revised: 08/24/03.