Mendota Lighthouse

Bete Gris, Michigan - 1895 (1870**)

Photo of the Mendota Lighthouse.

History of the Mendota Lighthouse

Dennis Kent visited the lighthouse and sent a writeup and a picture.

This private residence was built in 1895 on a channel that opened a small lake to Lake Superior shipping. It had a 4th order Fresnel. It was decommissioned in 1960 and is visible from across the channel. More info is at

Note: The lighthouse is private property, please respect this and do not trespass.

Directions: From US-41 in Mandan, follow Mandan Road south to Lac la Belle Road. Make a left onto Lac la Belle Road, and follow that south to Bete Gris Road. Make a left onto Bete Gris Road, and follow that 4.2 miles to the end. From here, you will be able to get some photos from across the channel.

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Tower Information
Tower Height: 42.00'
Focal Plane: 44'
Active Aid to Navigation: Deactivated (1956)
*Latitude: 47.37400 N
*Longitude: -87.96700 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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