Marquette Harbor Light
By Dave Wobser

Marquette Harbor Light is one of the more picturesque. It sits on a rock bluff above Lake Superior. The tower is on the lake side of the dwelling.

Following the discovery of iron ore in the 1850’s and the opening of the first Soo Lock in 1855, Marquette became an important shipping port. The first lighthouse was built in Marquette in 1853 and re-constructed in 1866.

The present red brick building is the 1866 re-construction, plus a second story that was added to the dwelling in 1906. The brick tower is 9'-4" square and 38'-9" high. The walls are 13” thick at the base. The ten-sided cast iron lantern room is 70 feet above Lake Superior. Equipped in 1906 with a Fourth Order Fresnel lens built by Barbier, Bernard & Turenne of Paris. Now lighted with a Westinghouse 36" airway beacon rated at 703,000 candlepower.

The station was recently turned over to the Marquette Maritime Museum for restoration and preservation on a 30-year lease. Tours of the light station can be arranged through the museum, which is located adjacent to the station. The museum also features a nice collection of Fresnel Lens and local maritime history.

Also located nearby are the Presque Isle Harbor Breakwater Light, north of downtown Marquette, and the Marquette Lower Harbor Breakwater Light, which is south of the Marquette Harbor Light. At the corner of Lakeshore Road and Ridge Street you will find the Marquette Maritime Museum, which is well worth a visit.

Boat watchers will want to follow Lakeshore Drive north, from the Harbor Light, to Presque Isle Park for great up-close views of lakers unloading coal and loading taconite.

2006 Update
The museum is continuing to work on restoration of the building and installing historic displays on the first floor.

The museum will sponsor a number of special events during August which is designated as "Marquette Museum Month". Specific details are available at the museum's website at

The lighthouse will be open this year for guided tours through the museum. Tours start daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from May 15 though October 15.

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View from the beach behind the light Dave Wobser

2010 views from the water - Dave Wobser

Location: The station is located on Lakeshore Drive near downtown Marquette.
Date Built: 1866
Active: Yes

Open to

Yes. Contact Marquette Maritime Museum.

Marquette Harbor Cruises 906-225-1777

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