Mendota (Bete Grise) Lighthouse
Mendota, MI. Lake Superior

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MENDOTA (BETE GRISE) LIGHTHOUSE

State: MICHIGAN
Location: MENDOTA SHIP CHANNEL/LAKE SUPERIOR
Nearest City: BETE GRISE
County: KEWEENAW
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1870

Existing Historic Tower:

  • Year Light First Lit: 1895
  • Is the Light Operational? YES (PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION)
  • Date Deactivated: 1960-1998
  • Automated: 1933
  • Foundation Materials:
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: YELLOW W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: SQUARE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 44
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1895
  • Present Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1998
  • Height of Focal Plane:
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL LENS RESTORED AND PLACED IN LANTERN
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Previous Tower(s):
1. Construction Date: 1870
Description: WOODEN TOWER
Fate/Disposition:

Modern Tower?

Existing Sound Signal Building?

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES

  • Year Constructed: 1895
  • Number of Stories: 2.5
  • Architectural Style: T-SHAPED
  • Construction Materials: YELLOW BRICK

Other Structures: OIL HOUSE, 2-STORY BARN, PRIVY, BOATHOUSE, 2 DOCKS

Current Use: PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION/PRIVATE RESIDENCE

Owner/Manager: PRIVATE OWNER

Open to the Public? YES (BY APPOINTMENT)

Non-NPS Web Site: Link

National Register Status: PART OF LISTING Reference #80004840
Name of Listing: HISTORIC ENGINEERING & INDUSTRIAL SITES IN MICHIGAN TR
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:

REPLACED BY PIERHEAD LIGHTS 1960

An old postcard view.

This lighthouse is privately owned and is beautifully maintained. The web site for the lighthouse is located at the Mendota Lighthouse web site.

Copyright 2001-2003 Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy. All rights reserved.
Revised: 08/24/03.