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
M/CLOUDY
22°F
M/CLOUDY, humidity 65%, barometer 30.21,
wind 10 mph WNW
Thursday
Mostly cloudy and cold with snow showers
27°F | 12°F
Mostly cloudy and cold with snow showers
Friday
Cloudy and very cold with a snow shower
26°F | 20°F
Cloudy and very cold with a snow shower
Saturday
Not as cold with a couple of showers
38°F | 33°F
Not as cold with a couple of showers
Sunday
Cloudy
43°F | 23°F
Cloudy
Monday
Mostly cloudy, a snow shower; colder
25°F | 14°F
Mostly cloudy, a snow shower; colder

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