Passage Island MI TAT 2009.jpg (4.43 MB)
Photo Courtesy of:
US Lighthouse Society Archives
Collection / Donor:
PASSAGE ISLAND OFF ISLE ROYALE/LAKE SUPERIOR
City / Town:
OWNER & ACCESS
Open to Public:
Light List Data:
Year Tower Established:
Tower Construction Material:
Height of light above mean high water, in feet:
78 FT ABOVE WATER
Height, in feet, from base of structure to center of lantern:
Fog Signal Building?:
Year Fog Signal Building Constructed:
Fog Signal Bldg Construction Materials:
Year Keeper's Quarters:
Keeper's Quarters Style:
NORMAN GOTHIC (INTEGRAL)
Keeper's Quarters Construction:
STORAGE SHED, STEEL TRAMWAY, TRAM WINCH HOUSE, STEEL RADIO TOWER, WOOD PRIVY, DOCK, WOODEN HELICOPTER LANDING PAD, BOATHOUSE, DOCKS
Original Optic Type:
FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
Year Original Lens Installed:
USCG Access to Optics:
- 1882: Passage Island was completed. The lighthouse at Passage Island is in the “Norman Gothic” style. This style was used at other sites including McGulpin’s Point, Eagle Bluff, and Chamber’s Island. The keeper’s dwelling is a 26’ x 30’ fieldstone two story structure with a 44 foot tower in the southwest corner.
- 1882: A 4th order Fresnel lens was installed with a fixed red light and lit on July 1, 1882.
- 1898: It was determined a flashing white light would be more effective so the tower was fitted with a rotating beacon.
- 1978: The light station was automated.
- 1989 the Fresnel lens was removed and replaced with a 190 mm acrylic optic. The Fresnel lens is on display at the Portage Coast Guard Station.
- The Passage Island Lighthouse is still an active aid to navigation. It is not open to the public. The grounds are part of the Isle Royale National Park.
Jul 20, 2017