Gros Cap Reef (Canada)
By Dave Wobser

A Canadian Light, located in the upper St. Mary's River, off Gros Cap Canada, opposite Point Iroquois. When it was built in 1962, it eliminated the need for Point Iroquois on the American side of the river.

The light is situated atop an area of shallow water next to the shipping channel. It also marks the beginning of the St. Marys River for down bound vessels.

A square white concrete structure topped by a helipad. The concrete crib has a unique plow shape to its up river side to help break the ice and storms that come down from Whitefish Bay. The station has a radio beacon, light and fog signal. It is fully automated. The helipad appears to have been added at the time of automation.

Gros Cap is the last check point for up bound vessels traveling the river under control of the U.S. Coast Guard Soo Traffic.

Gros Cap is visible from Point Iroquois, with binoculars, but is best seen by boat.

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2000 Photograph by Dave Wobser

2010 photo - Dave Wobser

Location: St. Marys River
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Date Built: 1962
Active: Yes

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