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
CLOUDY
19°F
CLOUDY, humidity 51%, barometer 29.99,
wind 14 mph NW
Wednesday
A little icy mix this morning
20°F | -4°F
A little icy mix this morning
Thursday
Variably cloudy, snow showers; very cold
16°F | 1°F
Variably cloudy, snow showers; very cold
Friday
Mostly cloudy
27°F | 19°F
Mostly cloudy
Saturday
Mostly cloudy, snow showers; not as cold
35°F | 12°F
Mostly cloudy, snow showers; not as cold
Sunday
Rather cloudy, snow or flurries possible
35°F | 20°F
Rather cloudy, snow or flurries possible

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