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Name: Poverty Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Fairport, Michigan, United States

Location: Northwest Lake Michigan

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Photo: Gene Schwope
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Managing Organization:
U.S. Coast Guard

This lighthouse was replaced by an automated light on a skeletal pole in 1976. Since then it has been increasingly endangered by neglect and vandalism. It is now one of the most endangered lighthouses in the United States.

Tower Height: 60

Height of Focal Plane: 80

Description of Tower: White, conical brick tower; lantern removed.

Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.

This light is not operational

Other Buildings?
1.5 story wood frame keeper's house, steel fog signal building, storage building, cistern.

Date Established: 1874

Date Present Tower Built: 1874

Date Deactivated: 1976

Date Automated: 1957

Optics: 1874: Fourth order Fresnel lens; now 300 mm.

Current Use: Abandoned.

Open To Public? No.

Accessible by boat only. Shoreline Charters in Gills Rock, Wisconsin, offers lighthouse cruises that pass Poverty Island. Call (920) 854-2606 or email for information.

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