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Name: Big Bay Point Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Big Bay, Michigan, United States

Location: Southern shore of Lake Superior.

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Photo: Alan Culley

Managing Organization:
Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast

Telephone: 906-345-9957


Contact Address Information:
3 Lighthouse Road
Big Bay
Michigan, 49808, United States

Tower Height: 65

Height of Focal Plane: 60

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

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Two story duplex keeper's house, oil house, garage, two outhouses, well house.

Date Established: 1896

Date Present Tower Built: 1896

Date Deactivated: 1961-1990

Date Automated: 1941

Optics: 1896: Third order Fresnel lens (on display at the Marquette Maritime Museum).

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, bed and breakfast inn.

Open To Public? Yes.

Guided tours are available from May through September at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Sunday.

Take Highway 550 north into Big Bay, then follow the lighthouse signs for 3 1/2 miles to the inn. The inn is open year-round. The grounds are open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are required to park at the gate and walk 1/10 of a mile up to the lighthouse. Keweenaw Excursions offers cruises that pass this lighthouse; see or call 906-482-0884, or email

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places


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