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Name: Sand Island Light (WI)  

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Nearest Town or City:
Bayfield, Wisconsin, United States

Location: 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

This is the westernmost lighthouse in the Apostle Islands. It is under the care of the National Park Service.

Tower Height: 40

Height of Focal Plane: 52

Description of Tower: Octagonal brownstone tower attached to keeper's house.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1881 1.5 story brownstone keeper's house, oil house, outhouse.

Date Established: 1881

Date Present Tower Built: 1881

Date Deactivated: 1933-1980

Date Automated: 1921

Optics: 1881: Fourth order Fresnel lens, now DCB-24.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, attraction in national park.

Volunteer keepers offer guided tours in summer; call (715) 779-3398 for information.

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 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.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Charles Lederle (1881-1891), Emmanuel Luick (1892-1921).


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