Big Bay Lighthouse

Big Bay, Michigan - 1896 (1896**)

Photo of the Big Bay Lighthouse.
 
 
   

History of the Big Bay Lighthouse

Dennis Kent sent in the pictures and writeup of this lighthouse.

This is one of the prettiest lighthouses and am sorry to say the ghost that used to be in residence is quiet these days. The owners keep the grounds open for visitors after a short walk from a parking area. Guests are free to use the sauna to take the chill out of the air after watch duty in the tower. Check out their web site at www.bigbaylighthouse.com. Built in 1896 its Fresnel lens is on display in a museum in Marquette. Still a working lighthouse the light has been replaced with a modern light. A fascinating history is giving in the afternoon with opportunities to ask questions.

The oil house stored the fuel needed by the light. Supplies came by ship like most lighthouses to a nearby landing. There are many waterfalls in the area to keep a photographer on the leaf covered forest paths. This requires a stay of several days to really get around. The little village of Big Bay was the location of a murder that was the basis for the book and movie "Anatomy of A Murder." A wonderful get away and the owners would like to retire in about 5 years. You don't know what new owners will do so get the Big Bay experience while it is still there.

Directions: From Marquette, follow Route 550 north for about 27 miles. From here, follow Dam Road east to Lighthouse Road. Follow Lighthouse Road to the end.

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Tower Information
Tower Height: 65.00'
Focal Plane: 60'
Active Aid to Navigation: Yes
*Latitude: 46.841 N
*Longitude: -87.680 W
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* Please note that all GPS coordinates are approximated and are meant to put you in the vicinity of the lighthouse, not for navigation purposes.

** This year denotes a station date. This is the year that a lighthouse was first reported in the vicinity or at that location.

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