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Name: Mendota Light  

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Also known as: Bete Grise Light

Nearest Town or City:
Bete Grise, Michigan, United States

Location: Mendota Ship Channel, Lake Superior.

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Managing Organization:
Mendota Conservancy


The original fourth order Fresnel lens from this lighthouse was restored and returned to the tower in 1998, and it has been relighted as a private aid to navigation. There are plans to restore all the buildings.

Tower Height: 44

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 20 seconds, visible for 14 miles.

Description of Tower: Square yellow brick tower attached to keeper's house.

This light is not operational

Other Buildings?
2.5 story brick keeper's house, oil house, barn, privy.

Date Established: 1870

Date Present Tower Built: 1895

Date Deactivated: 1960-1998

Date Automated: 1933

Optics: 1895: Fourth order Fresnel lens.

Current Use: Private aid to navigation.

Open To Public? By appointment.

From US Route 41, take the road that goes south toward Lac LaBelle. At the lake turn left and follow the road to its end at the Mendota Ship Canal; the lighthouse can be viewed across the canal. Keweenaw Excursions offers cruises that pass this lighthouse; see or call 906-482-0884, or email

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: William Jilbert (1895-1933)


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