Manistique East Breakwater Light
By Dave Wobser

Built in 1915-17, at a cost of nearly $20,000, the red square steel 35-foot tower is 14-feet square at the base and 10-feet square at the parapet.

This light once guided Lake Michigan railroad car ferries into Manistique. It was the only light on the northern part of Lake Michigan between Seul Choix Point and Poverty Island, a distance of 44 miles.

It originally was equipped with a Fourth Order Fresnel lens. The light was automated in 1969 and is equipped with a 300mm plastic lens. The original lens is on display at the St. Simons Lighthouse in Georgia.

Located on the end of the east breakwater in Manistique, Michigan. The light is an active aid to navigation and not open to the public, but visitors can walk out on the breakwater from Lakeview Park along Lake Michigan on the east side of the Manistique River.

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Photograph by Ron Texter

Location: Manistique, Michigan
Date Built: 1917
Active: Yes

Open to

Yes, pier only
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