The Minneapolis Shoal Light
Michigan, United States
The Minneapolis Shoal Light Reviews
The Minneapolis Shoal Light Sep 04, 2008
Even on the fastest of boats, the Minneapolis Shoal Light seems to take forever to approach. The light is located 11 miles off-shore from Escanaba, Michigan, on the northern end of Green Bay on western Lake Michigan.
Built in 1935, the light maintains the art deco look that prevailed in that era. Its white octagonal tower with a red band rests on a white concrete crib which served as the keepers quarters until 1979 when the light became automated. The crib rests on a 41-foot-tall concrete base which has the unique feature of a steel door at the water line that opens to an internal boathouse. The tower reaches 70 feet and supports a black lantern room. The light's focal plane is 82 feet above the lake level. A radio tower peaks the massive structure.
The active aid to navigation is not open to the public and is best viewed by boat or airplane.
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