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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Location of Alpena Light

Map of Michigan

Alpena Weather

Now
WINTRY PRECIP.
8°F
WINTRY PRECIP., humidity 72%, barometer 30.53,
wind 10 mph NW
Friday
Partly sunny, winds subsiding and colder
13°F | 0°F
Partly sunny, winds subsiding and colder
Saturday
Not as cold with a little snow at times
28°F | -2°F
Not as cold with a little snow at times
Sunday
Much colder with areas of low clouds
7°F | -6°F
Much colder with areas of low clouds
Monday
Frigid with variable cloudiness
14°F | -3°F
Frigid with variable cloudiness
Tuesday
Cloudy
25°F | 13°F
Cloudy

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