Sturgeon Bay Canal North Pierhead Light
By Dave Wobser

Located at the end of north pier, marking the east entrance to the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal from Lake Michigan, near Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal provides a protected short-cut from Lake Michigan to Green Bay.

Built 1882 and modified in 1903, the two-story, red, steel fog signal building measures 24-feet by 33-feet. The square lantern tower on top is 39-feet above the concrete pier base. An elevated catwalk connects the building to the shore.

The lantern houses the original 1882 fixed Sixth Order Fresnel lens, with a 180 degree brass reflector, that was manufactured by Henri Le Paute of Paris. The reflector keeps the light from being seen from land.

This light and the Sturgeon Bay Canal Light are located on Coast Guard property. Both are active aids to navigation.

The lights can be seen by following Canal Drive to the end from Highway 42/57. Visitors can walk out on the pier as far as the open section. From the pier, you can take pictures of both lights.

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Photograph by Dave Wobser

Location: Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Date Built: 1882
Active: Yes

Open to

Yes, pier only
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