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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Phone: (989) 354-4181

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Alpena Weather

Now
CLOUDY
31°F
CLOUDY, humidity 78%, barometer 30.15,
wind 7 mph SSE
Monday
Mostly cloudy
35°F | 29°F
Mostly cloudy
Tuesday
Breezy with occasional rain and drizzle
40°F | 32°F
Breezy with occasional rain and drizzle
Wednesday
Rain changing to snow in the afternoon
39°F | 27°F
Rain changing to snow in the afternoon
Thursday
Cloudy and windy with flurries
36°F | 25°F
Cloudy and windy with flurries
Friday
Cloudy
37°F | 25°F
Cloudy

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