Alpena Light

Alpena Light

While the Alpena Light may not be a typical lighthouse, it does meet the criteria to be called one. Located at the mouth of the Thunder Bay River, the 80-foot skeletal tower is best viewed from the transient docks at the City of Alpena’s Marina. Called "Sputnik" (resembles the Russian space satellite) and "Little Red" by locals, it is said this oft dismissed light is "Long on duty, short on beauty." Believed to be the only lighthouse of this type in the U.S., the station was built of wood in 1877, rebuilt of wood in 1888 and finally constructed of steel in 1914. An automated active aid to navigation, the Alpena Light originally housed a Fourth Order Fresnel lens.

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Alpena, MI 49707

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Toll Free: (800) 425-7362

Phone: (989) 354-4181

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Alpena Weather

Now
L/RAIN
42°F
L/RAIN, humidity 91%, barometer 30.04,
wind 6 mph SE
Thursday
Mostly cloudy and chilly; a p.m. shower
46°F | 32°F
Mostly cloudy and chilly; a p.m. shower
Friday
Mostly cloudy, snow showers; colder
38°F | 26°F
Mostly cloudy, snow showers; colder
Saturday
Clouds giving way to some sun and cold
37°F | 24°F
Clouds giving way to some sun and cold
Sunday
Cloudy and chilly
44°F | 31°F
Cloudy and chilly
Monday
Partly sunny
51°F | 39°F
Partly sunny

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