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For over 150 years a lighthouse has guided
ships safely into Eagle Harbor.

ANNOUNCEMENTS - Coming Soon: Sunday 14, Annual Mass, Phoenix Church, 1:30 P.M. , Sunday, September 21, KCHS Annual Dinner, Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, 5-9 PM, $26 per person, RSVP by Sept 16 to Ginny Varius, (906) 337-4899, jvarius@charter.net. Dr Susan Martin, Professor Emerita, MTU Dept. of Social Sciences, will speak on "Ancient Cultures of Prehistoric Keweenaw County". Click here for details. Wednesday, Sept 24, Neil Woodward in Concert at Copper Harbor. Click here for details and a link to a poster.
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Fresnel lens

A Fourth Order Fresnel Lens,
similar to the one originally
installed in the tower, is on
display in the lighthouse.

The copper mining industry got going on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the 1840s. Lake Superior's unreliable disposition meant that passing ships needed navigational assistance, and in 1851 the original lighthouse was built. The wooden tower which supported a fourth-order Fresnel lens illuminated by a sperm oil lamp soon deteriorated, and in 1871 it was replaced by the present red brick structure. In 1895 a fog signal was added.

In 1968, the original lens was replaced by aviation beacon-type white and red lights, which beam their warning to ships more than 20 miles offshore. After being tended by 21 keepers over a 129-year history, the lighthouse became automated in 1980.

Since 1982 the Keweenaw County Historical Society has maintained four museums at the light station. Besides the lighthouse, they include a Maritime Museum in the old fog signal building, a Keweenaw History Museum located in the old U. S. Coast Guard Station garage, and Commercial Fishing Museum located in one of the assistant keepers buildings.

Lighthouse tour

KCHS volunteers provide guided
tours of the lighthouse.

In 1999, Congress transferred ownership of the Eagle Harbor Light Station to the Keweenaw County Historical Society. The U.S. Coast Guard continues to operate the light at the top of the tower.

Planning your visit

Hours & Admission -The Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and museum complex is open from mid-June to early October. Admission $5.00. Children free.

Location - The Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex is located on Lighthouse Drive, not far from the swimming beach along M26 in Eagle Harbor. GPS: N 47 27.582 W 88 09.558, Decimal Degrees: 47.459705, -88.159300

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Related Links - You may wish to explore the following sites for additional information additional information about the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.

Terry Pepper's lighthouse site

Exploring the North

U.S. Coast Guard Historic Light Station site