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Name: DeTour Reef Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
DeTour Village, Michigan, United States

Location: Northern end of Lake Huron, entrance to St. Mary's River.

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Managing Organization:
DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society

Telephone: 906-493-6609


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 307
Drummond Island
Michigan, 49726, United States

This lighthouse replaced DeTour Point Light onshore. The U.S. Coast Guard has stated that the DeTour Reef Light is now obsolete as a navigational aid. In 1998, the DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society was formed to restore, preserve, and maintain the lighthouse. Much restoration has been completed.

Tower Height: 63

Height of Focal Plane: 74

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 10 seconds, with red sector.

Description of Tower: White, square reinforced concrete tower on top of keeper's dwelling.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Integral concrete keeper's dwelling.

Date Established: 1931

Date Present Tower Built: 1931

Date Automated: 1974

Optics: 1931: 3 1/2 order Fresnel lens (now on display at DeTour Village Historical Museum); now 190 mm.

Fog Signal: Formerly an air diaphone horn. The signal is currently under restoration.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Yes.

The DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society offers tours of the lighthouse in summer, and they also offer a keeper program that allows volunteer "keepers" to stay at the lighthouse. Visit their website or call for more information.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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