White Shoal Lighthouse
Mackinaw City, MI. Lake Michigan

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WHITE SHOAL LIGHT

State: MICHIGAN
Location: NW OF WAUGOSHANCE ISLAND/LAKE MICHIGAN
Nearest City: MACKINAW CITY
County: EMMET
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1891

Existing Historic Tower:

  • Year Light First Lit: 1910
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1976
  • Foundation Materials: TIMBER CRIB/CONCRETE PIER
  • Construction Materials: TERRA COTTA/STEEL W/BRICK LINING
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE/ORIG. RED AND WHITE SPIRAL BANDS
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 121
  • Original Optic: SECOND ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: 190 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 125
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ON DISPLAY AT MUSEUM AT WHITEFISH POINT LIGHTHOUSE, MI
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Previous Tower(s):
1. Construction Date: 1891
Description: LIGHTSHIP NO. 56
Fate/Disposition:

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

  • Fog Signal Type: DIAPHONE

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES

  • Year Constructed: 1910
  • Number of Stories:
  • Architectural Style: INTEGRAL TO TOWER
  • Construction Materials: STEEL

Other Structures: NONE

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #84001391
Name of Listing: WHITE SHOAL LIGHT STATION (U.S. COAST GUARD/GREAT LAKES
TR) On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous: ONE OF FIRST THREE LIGHTSHIP STATIONS IN GREAT LAKES; CONSTRUCTION WAS MAJOR ENGINEERING FEAT BECAUSE OF ISOLATED LOCATION; ONLY RED/WHITE BARBER POLE STRIPED IN U.S.

Tower with the bands painted on it. The photo on the left side of the pae is without the bands as originally built.

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Revised: 08/23/03.