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Name: Raspberry Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Bayfield, Wisconsin, United States

Location: West channel through Apostle Islands, Lake Superior.

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Managing Organization:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Telephone: (715) 779-3398


Contact Address Information:
Route 1 Box 4
Wisconsin, 54814, United States

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore contains the largest collection of lighthouses anywhere in the National Park System. Raspberry Island light is the most frequently visited of the Lakeshore's light stations. The National Park Service plans to restore the station to the 1920s-'30s period. The light station was endangered by erosion of the bluff on which it stands. In 2002 erosion controls were put into place to save the lighthouse.

This light is not operational

Other Buildings?
1863 two story duplex keeper's house, barn, oil house, two storage buildings, two outhouses.

Date Established: 1863

Date Present Tower Built: 1863

Date Deactivated: 1957

Date Automated: 1947

Optics: 1863: Fifth order Fresnel lens, now on display at the Madeline Island Historical Museum, (715) 747-2415.

Current Use: Under restoration, attraction in National Lakeshore.

Open To Public? yes

Visitors can tour the light station, and there are frequently costumed guides.

Boat trips leave Bayfield daily from late May to mid-October. The Apostle Islands Cruise Service offers a variety of trips, providing views of the islands as well as close looks at lighthouses. Schedules and fare information can be obtained from the visitor center in Bayfield. The Cruise Service also operates a water taxi service between Bayfield and any island for up to six passengers per trip. They also offer special lighthouse cruises. Rates and information can be obtained from the Cruise Service -- call (715) 779-3925 or (800) 323-7619, or email, or see their website at The 5th Annual Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration is held each fall and features three weeks of special lighthouse cruises and lighthouse tours. Call (800) 779-4487 or email for information.

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