Sturgeon Point Light
By Dave Wobser

Located on Lake Huron near Alcona, Michigan, off US 23 at the end of Point Road, five miles north of Harrisville. The light marks a gravel reef that runs out into Lake Huron and is a hazard to coastal navigation. The reef can be seen from the top of the tower.

Put in service in 1870, the conical white brick tower is 79-feet to the top of the ventilator ball and creates a focal plane 69-feet above the lake level. The limestone tower is 16-feet in diameter at the base and 10-feet at the parapet. The walls are 4'-6" thick at the base. The light is active and automated.

The attached white brick story-and-one-half keeper’s dwelling has been painted white with red shutters and trim. The dwelling has been restored and furnished with period furniture.

The tower originally held a Sixth Order Fresnel Lens. This was replaced by a Three and Half Order Fresnel Lens in 1887. The Three and Half lens had been previously used in Oswego, NY.

In 1875, a US Coast Guard Life Saving station was opened on the same site. The first light keeper became the first captain of the surf team. The foundations of the Life Savings station can still be seen.

The station was closed in 1941. Today only the light tower and keeper's residence remain.

A museum operated by the Alcona County Historical Society is located in the keeper’s dwelling, and visitors can climb the tower. A gift shop is located in an adjacent building.

The museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and weekends noon to 4:00 pm.

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Photograph by Dave Wobser

Location: Alcona, Michigan
Date Built: 1869
Active: Yes

Open to
public:

Yes, but not tower

    517-742-6297 (summer)
    517-724-5056 (winter)

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