Lighthouses of the Keweenaw

Lighthouses of the Keweenaw

With the increase in copper production came greater demand for large-scale commercial transportation.  In the mid to late 1800s, Lake Superior served as a major maritime transportation route and was used to transport vast amounts of copper and other materials. Lighthouses were strategically built to help safely guide ships along the rocky coastlines and aided vessels coming in and out of the Copper Country.  

The Keweenaw Peninsula features 8 lighthouses that are actually located on the Peninsula as well as 7 that are on Isle Royale National Park or off the shore of the Keweenaw.  Copper Harbor Lighthouse was the first to be built in 1849 but was dismantled and the stones were used to build the current structure that was built and lit by 1866.

Today, only the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse is open to the public for tours, but many can still be admired from outside.  

Kayakers paddle near the Jacobsville Lighthouse

Kayakers paddle near the Jacobsville Lighthouse near the South Entry of Portage Lake.

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Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

At the entrance to Rock Harbor at Isle Royale National Park. Open for visitors and features self-guided exhibits.
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Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

3.2 miles west of Washington Island at Isle Royale National Park. Not accessible.
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