South Haven Lighthouse
South Haven, MI. Lake Michigan

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SOUTH HAVEN SOUTH PIERHEAD LIGHT

State: MICHIGAN
Location: BLACK RIVER ENTRANCE/LAKE MICHIGAN
Nearest City: SOUTH HAVEN
County: VAN BUREN
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1872

Existing Historic Tower:

  • Year Light First Lit: 1903
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated:
  • Foundation Materials: PIER
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: RED W/BLACK TOWER
  • Shape: CYLINDRICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 35
  • Original Optic: FIFTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1903
  • Present Optic:
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 37
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO

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

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? UNKNOWN

  • Fog Signal Type: DIAPHONE

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES

  • Year Constructed: 1872
  • Number of Stories: 2.5
  • Architectural Style:
  • Construction Materials: WOOD

Other Structures: CATWALK

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD (TOWER)/CITY OF SOUTH HAVEN (KEEPERS DWELLING)

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

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

Miscellaneous:

The old light keeper's house located a short distance from the lighthouse. The local community owns the house. Many similar houses existed for pierhead lights like this one.

Copyright 2001-2003 Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy. All rights reserved.
Revised: 08/23/03.