Photographer: Marcia Adamski

Sturgeon Bay Shipping Canal North Pierhead

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Built :  (1882) 1903

Type : Skeletal steel

Status : Active

Location : Entrance to Sturgeon Bay Shipping Canal, WI. (Lake Michigan end)

Height : 100 feet

Access : Car, active Coast Guard Station prohibits any access to the Light.

Directions : From Hwy 42/57. Turn East on Utah St., On Cove Rd. turn East again to Canal Rd.. Follow this to the Light.

History of the Light : This light guides ships into the entrance of the Sturgeon Bay-Lake Michigan Ship Canal from Lake Michigan. This canal provides a short cut into Southern Green Bay and enables ships to avoid the dangerous Northern, "Death's Door", passage around Door Peninsula.

Established in 1882, this extensive light station consists of the large light tower with three dwellings and additional storage buildings. The original lighthouse was first lit in 1882 with a Sixth Order Fresnel lens.

Photo courtesy of: U.S. Coast Guard

Photographer: Roy B. Westin

The current light was first lit in 1903. The cast iron, cylindrical tower stands on a concrete foundation. It is still an active Coast Guard station and aid to navigation. Closed to the public.

Photo courtesy of: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

In 1916, the Light guided approximately 7,000 ships into the canal with 540,000 tons of cargo at commerce value of $12 million. The photo left was taken around that time.


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