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Name: Keweenaw Waterway Upper Entrance Light  

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Also known as: Portage Lake Ship Canal Light

Nearest Town or City:
Houghton, Michigan, United States

Location: East side of Portage River upper entrance, Lake Superior.

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Photo: Alan Culley

Managing Organization:
U.S. Coast Guard

A 1930s triplex keeper's dwelling built at this station was privately owned beginning in the 1980s, and it was destroyed by fire on April 9, 2003.

Tower Height: 82

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 15 seconds.

Description of Tower: Cylindrical steel tower on top of concrete fog signal building.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1874: Square brick tower attached to keeper's dwelling (on shore).

Date Established: 1874

Date Present Tower Built: 1950

Date Automated: 1970s

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Follow M-203 to F.J. McLain State Park. Bear left to the area near the lighthouse, which is at the end of a pier. The breakwater is rough and walking on it can be difficult. The lighthouse can also be seen from across the waterway near the end of Houghton Canal Road.

Keepers: Peter Malone (1875-1877), John Malone (1877-1879), William Stevens (1879-?)


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