Port Austin Reef Light

1878

LAKE HURON LIGHTS

USCG PHOTO
(1878 tower)
Library of Congress PHOTO
(1899 tower)

LIGHTHOUSES OF MICHIGAN

This light has several features that are unusual for reef/shoal lights:
(1) its base is octagonal rather than square or round
and (2) it has its own 20 ft. narrow concrete dock.
Because the reef comes as close as three feet from the surface, only small boats or skiffs could use the platform to bring supplies or visitors to this station.

LOCATION: South side of harbor entrance, SE side of Saginaw Bay, SW side of Lake Huron

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1899

CURRENT USE: Active aid to navigation

AUTOMATED: 1953

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Pier

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Brick

TOWER SHAPE: Square --- 57 ft. tall

COLOR(S)/MARKINGS/PATTERN: Buff with black lantern

ORIGINAL LENS: Fourth Order, Fresnel / now has a 200mm glass lens

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: This light is now being maintained by the Port Austin Reef Light Association (P.O. Box 546, Port Austin, MI  48467).  Also, shipwrecks and other interesting sights in the area have been mapped and set aside as part of the Thumb Area Bottomland Preserve, an underwater park for divers.