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.

Contact Information

Address

Alpena, MI 49707

Driving Directions

Toll Free: (800) 425-7362

Phone: (989) 354-4181

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Location of Alpena Light

Map of Michigan

Alpena Weather

Now
CLEAR
60°F
CLEAR, humidity 96%, barometer 29.91,
wind 5 mph SE
Monday
Couple of thunderstorms
82°F | 61°F
Couple of thunderstorms
Tuesday
Pleasant with clouds and sunshine
75°F | 52°F
Pleasant with clouds and sunshine
Wednesday
Partly sunny and pleasant
80°F | 59°F
Partly sunny and pleasant
Thursday
Partly sunny with a shower or t-storm
79°F | 64°F
Partly sunny with a shower or t-storm
Friday
Cloudy with a shower or thunderstorm
72°F | 50°F
Cloudy with a shower or thunderstorm

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