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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Address

Alpena, MI 49707

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Toll Free: (800) 425-7362

Phone: (989) 354-4181

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Alpena Weather

Now
M/CLOUDY
-3°F
M/CLOUDY, humidity 78%, barometer 30.38,
wind 0 mph CLM
Wednesday
Not as cold with some sun, then clouds
31°F | 20°F
Not as cold with some sun, then clouds
Thursday
Breezy with periods of snow
32°F | 2°F
Breezy with periods of snow
Friday
Morning flurries; periods of sun, colder
13°F | -2°F
Morning flurries; periods of sun, colder
Saturday
Not as cold with considerable cloudiness
26°F | 10°F
Not as cold with considerable cloudiness
Sunday
Cloudy and colder with some snow
14°F | 5°F
Cloudy and colder with some snow

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