Muskegon Pier Light

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Muskegon Pier Light
Muskegon Pier Lighthouse
Muskegon Pier Light is located in Michigan
Muskegon Pier Light
Location Muskegon, Michigan
Coordinates 43°13′35.952″N 86°20′28.544″W / 43.22665333°N 86.34126222°W / 43.22665333; -86.34126222Coordinates: 43°13′35.952″N 86°20′28.544″W / 43.22665333°N 86.34126222°W / 43.22665333; -86.34126222[1]
Year first constructed 1851
Year first lit 1903
Foundation Pier
Construction Cast iron
Tower shape Conical
Markings / pattern Red
Height 48 feet (15 m)
Focal height 50 feet (15 m)
Original lens fourth order Fresnel lens (Sautter & Cie) [2]
Current lens 12-inch (300 mm) acrylic[2]
Range 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi)[1]
Characteristic red flash every 4s
ARLHS number USA-1082
USCG number


Muskegon South Pierhead Light
Architect U.S. Lighthouse Establishment
MPS Light Stations of the United States MPS
NRHP reference # 06000036[3]
Added to NRHP February 14, 2006
Heritage place listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata

The Muskegon Pier Light or South Pierhead Light is a lighthouse located in the harbor of Muskegon, Michigan.

The site is accessible, and the lighthouse is available for tours during the summer months from noon until 4 p.m. Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays.



The first lighthouse in Muskegon was a wooden tower atop the Keeper’s Quarters built in 1851. It was situated on land. In 1871 Muskegon Breakwater Light was built on the end of the breakwater and the main light was rebuilt.[4] In 1902, it was determined that the main light should be relocated to the south pierhead. The metalwork and steel plate used to construct the pierhead tower was delivered in 1903, and the cast iron octagonal lantern room from the 1870 lighthouse was transferred.[5]

In 2008 the lighthouse became available for transfer under NHLPA, and in June 2010 ownership was transferred to the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy.[6]


The Muskegon Pier Light is a round cast iron tower located at the end of the southern pier. The entire lighthouse is painted red.[6]

See also[edit]

Muskegon Breakwater Light


  1. ^ a b Light List, Volume VII, Great Lakes (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2010. p. 174. 
  2. ^ a b Terry Pepper. "Seeing The Light - Muskegon Pier Lighthouse". Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Michigan". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.  Listed under "Muskegon South Breakwater Light".
  5. ^ Jeff Shook, A History of the Muskegon Lighthouses, Muskegon Lighthouse Conservancy 
  6. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: Michigan's Western Lower Peninsula". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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