Beaver Island Head Light
Beaver Island Head Light (waterside view)
|Location||Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, Michigan|
|Year first lit||1858|
|Tower shape||cylindrical (attached Victorian lightkeeper house)|
|Markings / pattern||yellow (natural) w/grey lantern and parapet, red roof|
|Height||Tower - 46 feet (14 m)|
|Focal height||103 feet (31 m)|
|Original lens||14 Lewis lamps and reflectors|
|Current lens||Fourth Order Fresnel lens removed & on display|
|Range||16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi)|
Beaver Island Light Station
|Location||East Side Drive
Peaine Township, Michigan
|NRHP Reference #||78001495|
|Added to NRHP||December 29, 1978|
|Designated MSHS||April 5, 1974|
The Beaver Head Light is located high on a bluff on the southern tip of Beaver Island. Boats trying to navigate North on Lake Michigan need to carefully work their way between Beaver Island and Gray's Reef.
The 46-foot (14 m) cylindrical tower was built in 1858, to replace an 1852 tower. The decagonal lantern room offers panoramic vistas of the Lake. The tower is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. though 9:00 p.m. during the summer.
A radio beacon was placed in 1962, at which time the station was decommissioned and declared surplus. That same year, the original Fourth Order Fresnel lens was removed and placed in the dwelling, where it can still be seen.
In 1975, the Charlevoix Public Schools purchased the site for $1.00. After some vandalism was incurred, in 1978 the District founded an alternative school for youth aged 16–21. The school district has operated an Environmental and Vocational Educational Center in the keepers dwelling. Maintenance and restoration of the structure is part of the curriculum. Beginning in 1978, recurrent summer work/study programs greatly restored the station, which was then opened as a school.
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