Beaver Island (Beaver Head) Light
By Dave Wobser

Located at the south end of Beaver Island, Michigan, in Lake Michigan, to mark the western approach to the Straits of Mackinac.

A 46-foot cylindrical yellow brick tower built in 1858, to replace 1852 tower, sits on a high bluff above Lake Michigan. The 10-sided lantern room offers great views of Lake Michigan.

The attached 2-story, yellow brick keeper's dwelling was built in 1866. A frame addition was added to the keepers quarters to accomodate assistant keepers, oil . The lights original Fourth Order lens was removed in 1962 and can be found in the keepers dwelling.

A red brick 22' x 40'  fog signal building built in 1915 stands near the waters edge. Several other outbuildings dot the grounds including an oil house, garage and storage building.

The station was decommissioned in 1962 and replaced by a radio beacon.

Charlevoix Public Schools has operated an Environmental and Vocational Educational Center in the former keepers dwelling since 1975. Restoration of the structure is part of the education program. The tower open to the public to climb during the summer months from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Reached by car ferry from Charlevoix, Michigan, then rent a jeep or bicycle to get around the island, if you didn't bring your own vehicle. See the St. James Harbor light while your there, and visit the local fishing and history museums.

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Photographs by Dave Wobser

Location: Beaver Island, Michigan
Date Built: 1858
Active: No

Open to

Yes, by appointment

Take the car ferry to East Side Drive.

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