Poverty Island Lighthouse
Fairport, MI. Lake Michigan

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POVERTY ISLAND LIGHT

State: MICHIGAN
Location: POVERTY ISLAND/LAKE MICHIGAN
Nearest City: FAIRPORT
County: DELTA
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1874

Existing Historic Tower:

  • Year Light First Lit: 1874
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: 1976-1982
  • Automated: 1957
  • Foundation Materials: DRESSED STONE/TIMBER
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE
  • Shape: CONICAL W/OUT LANTERN
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 60
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1874
  • Present Optic: 300 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1982
  • Height of Focal Plane: 80
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? YES

  • Year Tower Constructed: 1976
  • Type: SKELETAL

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES

  • Year Constructed:
  • Construction Materials: CORRUGATED STEEL
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: SIREN

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES

  • Year Constructed:
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style:
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME/BRICK

Other Structures: CISTERN, STORAGE BUILDING, PIER

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION WITHIN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: NONE Reference # 0
Name of Listing: DETERMINED ELIGIBLE BY SHPO
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:

Poverty Island light without the lantern room tower on it.

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