Gull Rock Lighthouse
Copper Harbor, MI. Lake Superior

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GULL ROCK LIGHTHOUSE

State: MICHIGAN
Location: WEST OF MANITOU ISLAND/LAKE SUPERIOR
Nearest City: COPPER HARBOR
County: KEWEENAW
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:
  • Foundation Materials: MASONRY
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: YELLOW
  • Shape: SQUARE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 46
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1867
  • Present Optic: 250 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 50
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FOURTH ORDER LENS ON DISPLAY AT GREAT LAKES SHIPWRECK MUSEUM, WHITEFISH POINT, MICHIGAN
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? None

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

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES

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

Other Structures: Detached privy

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy with Gull Rock Lightkeepers.

Open to the Public? NO

Non-NPS Web Site: http://www.gullrocklightkeepers.org

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #84001751
Name of Listing: GULL ROCK LIGHT STATION (U.S. COAST GUARD/GREAT LAKES TR)

On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:

Gull Rock lighthouse in 2004. Note the missing dormer from the black and white photo on the left side of the page.

Above and below photos show how the interior has collapsed and is literally a disaster area from all the rotted debris. The restoration will be a major undertaking.

Copyright 2001-2006 Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy. All rights reserved.
Revised: 07/11/06.