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

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Alpena Weather

Now
SUNNY
79°F
SUNNY, humidity 61%, barometer 30.00,
wind 13 mph SSW
Tuesday
Very warm and humid with some sun
89°F | 58°F
Very warm and humid with some sun
Wednesday
Mostly cloudy, cooler and less humid
72°F | 49°F
Mostly cloudy, cooler and less humid
Thursday
Mostly sunny; pleasant, low humidity
75°F | 53°F
Mostly sunny; pleasant, low humidity
Friday
Nice with plenty of sunshine
79°F | 54°F
Nice with plenty of sunshine
Saturday
Clouds and sun, a t-storm in the p.m.
77°F | 56°F
Clouds and sun, a t-storm in the p.m.

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