Passage Island Light

1882

LAKE SUPERIOR LIGHTS

USCG PHOTO

HABS Sketches

LIGHTHOUSES OF MICHIGAN

This light is the northernmost American lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

LOCATION: On SW point of Passage Island, NE of Isle Royal, mid-Lake Superior

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1882

CURRENT USE: Active aid to navigation

AUTOMATED: 1978

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Natural / Emplaced

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Fieldstone

TOWER SHAPE: Octagonal integral --- 37 1/2 ft. tall

COLOR(S)/MARKINGS/PATTERN: Natural

ORIGINAL LENS: Fourth Order, Fresnel 1882

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: Despite its remote location, this light is worth seeing.  The symmetry of the sandstone around the doors, windows, and buttresses contrasts with the rough, irregular-shaped fieldstone, creating an extraordinarily beautiful colorful pattern.