Beaver Island (St. James Harbor) Light
By Dave Wobser

This 41-foot round brick tower marks the entrance to St. James Harbor, an excellent harbor of refuge, on Beaver Island. The island is located in the western approach to the Mackinac Straits.

Completed in 1870 at a cost of $5,000 to replace an 1856 tower. The 10-sided cast iron lantern shelters a Fourth Order Fresnel lens that Lens bears the inscription "Barbier & Fenertre, Crs., Paris". The keepers quarters were dismantled during World War II.

The adjacent former U. S. Coast Guard station is now the township hall. A USCG boathouse also remains.

Located at St. James Harbor on Beaver Island, Michigan, in Lake Michigan. Reached by car ferry from Charlevoix, Michigan. Bring your own vehicle or bicycle, or rent a jeep, golf cart or bicycle on the island. Visit Beaver Head Lighthouse while you are on the island, and also the local fishing and history museums.

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Photograph by Dave Wobser

Location: Beaver Island, Michigan
Date Built: 1870
Active: Yes

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