La Pointe Light

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La Pointe Light
La Pointe Light is located in Wisconsin
La Pointe Light
Location Long Island, Wisconsin
Coordinates 46°43′43.359″N 90°47′05.697″W / 46.72871083°N 90.78491583°W / 46.72871083; -90.78491583Coordinates: 46°43′43.359″N 90°47′05.697″W / 46.72871083°N 90.78491583°W / 46.72871083; -90.78491583[1]
Year first constructed 1896
Year first lit 1896
Automated 1964
Foundation Concrete
Construction Cast iron
Tower shape White, Skeletal with a central column
Height 65 feet (20 m)
Focal height 70 feet (21 m)[2]
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Current lens 12-inch (300 mm)Tideland Signal ML-300 Acrylic Optic
Range 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi)[1]
Characteristic Green, Isophase (Equal interval), 6 sec
ARLHS number USA-423
USCG number


La Pointe Light Station
Nearest city Bayfield, Wisconsin
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
MPS U.S. Coast Guard Lighthouses and Light Stations on the Great Lakes TR
NRHP Reference # 83003366[3]
Added to NRHP August 04, 1983

The La Pointe Light is a lighthouse located on Long Island, one of the Apostle Islands, in Lake Superior in Ashland County, Wisconsin, near the city of Bayfield.

Currently owned by the National Park Service and part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, as reference number 83003366. Listed in the Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey, WI-325 and WI-325-A. One of the oldest skeletal lighthouses on the Great Lakes, it played an important role in transportation on Lake Superior.[4]

A square wooden tower, constructed in 1858, was located around 3,000 feet (910 m) west of the current light.[5] The previous lens was moved to the Chequamegon Point Lighthouse in 1897. It is one of the Apostle Islands Lighthouses.

Getting there[edit]

Most of the Apostle Islands light stations may be reached on the Apostle Islands Cruise Service[6] water taxi or by private boat during the summer. During the Annual Apostle Island Lighthouse Celebration[7] ferry tour service is available for all the lighthouses. In the tourist season, volunteer park rangers are on many of the islands to greet visitors.[8]


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USCG archive photo