DeTour Reef Light Station

DeTour Reef Light Station (HM1CC0)

Location: De Tour Village, MI 49725 Chippewa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 57.89', W 83° 59.522'

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Located where the St. Mary's River enters Lake Huron from Lake Superior, DeTour Passage separates the Upper Peninsula from Drummond Island. It has long been a choke point for Great Lakes shipping. Anticipating increased traffic as a result of the locks planned at Sault Ste. Marie, the U.S. Lighthouse Service built an onshore light station on Point DeTour in 1848. As vessels grew in size, DeTour Reef, which extends a mile from Point DeTour in twenty feet of water, became a greater shipping hazard. In 1929, the Lighthouse Service decided to replace the onshore light with a station atop the reef. DeTour Reef Light Station is one of only six reef light stations in Michigan.

Side Two:

Located four miles southeast of here, the DeTour Reef Light Station was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1931. The 1861 tower, Fresnel lens and lantern assembly were moved from the Point DeTour Light Station. The new station housed resident keepers, equipment and supplies in three stories. The tower rises more than eighty feet above the water and sits atop a forty-one-foot-high wood crib and concrete pier resting on DeTour Reef. The Coast Guard automated the station in 1974 and excessed it in 1997. The DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society, established in 1998, restored the station in 2004, opened it to visitors in 2005, and took ownership in 2010.
HM NumberHM1CC0
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker Number2252
Year Placed2013
Placed ByDeTour Reef Light Preservation Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 10:57am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 268176 N 5094493
Decimal Degrees45.96483333, -83.99203333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 57.89', W 83° 59.522'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 57' 53.40" N, 83° 59' 31.32" W
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Area Code(s)906
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17757-18437 S Scenic Rd, De Tour Village MI 49725, US
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