Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Ludington, MI. Lake Michigan

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BIG SABLE POINT (GRAND POINT AU SABLE) LIGHT

State: MICHIGAN
Location: EAST SHORE OF LAKE MICHIGAN
Nearest City: LUDINGTON
County: MASON
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1867

Existing Historic Tower:

  • Year Light First Lit: 1867
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1968
  • Foundation Materials: WOOD PILINGS
  • Construction Materials: BRICK ENCASED IN IRON PLATE
  • Markings/Patterns: MIDDLE THIRD/TOP BLACK, REMAINDER WHITE
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 112
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1867
  • Present Optic: 300 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 106
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FRESNEL LENS TRANSFERRED TO ROSE HAWLEY MUSEUM IN LUDINGTON
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO (LOST TO EROSION 1941)

  • Year Constructed: 1897
  • Construction Materials:
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: ORIG. STEAM/LATER DIESEL

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES (MODIFIED 1909 & 1948)

  • Year Constructed: 1867
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: ATTACHED TO TOWER
  • Construction Materials: BRICK

Other Structures: NONE/ORIG. OIL HOUSE, 2 GARAGES

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO BIG SABLE POINT LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS ASSOCIATION

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

Web Site: LINK

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #83004296
Name of Listing: BIG SABLE POINT LIGHT STATION (U.S. COAST GUARD/GREAT
LAKES TR) On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1988

Miscellaneous:

TOWER ENCASED IN IRON PLATE IN 1900

Photo from an old postcard.

An old postcard view of the station prior to some modifications and un-painted.

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Revised: 08/23/03.