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Middle Island Canoe and Kayak Trails

Kayak Middle Island

Middle Island is located about two miles off shore from Rock Port. The island has a fascinating maritime history. A lifesaving stations was established in a small bay on the northeast end of the island in 1881. This lifesaving station operated until 1937, the ruins of the buildings still remain. A lighthouse was established on the east side of the island in 1905. The lighthouse is in private ownership and is operated as a bed and breakfast. The wreck of the Portsmith is located in a small bay on the northwest corner of the island. This 176-foot ship ran aground on the island shoals in 1867.

Middle Island Light House

  • Location: BETWEEN THUNDER BAY ISLAND / PRESQUE ISLE / LAKE HURON
  • Nearest City: ALPENA
  • County: ALPENA
  • U.S.C.G. District: 9
  • Year Station Established: 1905

Existing Historic Tower

  • Year Light First Lit: 1905
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated:
  • Foundation Materials: DRESSED STONE/TIMBER
  • Construction Materials: BRICK AND STUCCO
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE WITH ORANGE BAND IN MIDDLE
  • Shape: CONICAL ATTACHED TO SERVICE ROOM
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 71
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1997
  • Height of Focal Plane: 78
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: VANDALIZED IN 1960'S
  • Has tower been moved? NO

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