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Name: Plum Island Rear Range Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Gills Rock, Wisconsin, United States

Location: Near Porte des Morts Passage, Lake Michigan.

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Photo: Mike Kohn
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Managing Organization:
U.S. Bureau of Land Management

The Coast Guard station and lighthouse keeper's house on Plum Island were abandoned when the Coast Guard left the island in the early 1990s. In October 2007 Plum and Pilot Islands were merged into the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge and control was given to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Then under the leadership of Tim Sweet the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands to work through the government bureaucracy to attempt to restore and save the lighthouse. In 2010 the group restore the boat house. In 2017 a roof was placed on the keeper’s duplex. To follow their progress go to

Tower Height: 65

Height of Focal Plane: 80

Description of Tower: White, square pyramidal iron skeletal tower.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Two story brick keeper's house.

Date Established: 1897

Date Present Tower Built: 1897

Optics: 1897: Fourth order Fresnel lens, still in use.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

This lighthouse can be seen from the Washington Island Ferry from Northport. Call 800-223-2094 or email for more information. It can also be viewed from lighthouse cruises offered by Shoreline Charters - see or call (920) 854-2606 for details.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places


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