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 7-18710

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, Wednesdays, 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. Muskegon Pier Light was built in 1903, replacing the main light.[3]

In 2008 the lighthouse became available for transfer under NHLPA, and in June 2010 ownership was transferred to the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy.[4]

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. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Michigan". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.  Listed under "Muskegon South Breakwater Light".
  4. ^ 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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