Au Sable Light Station (Big Sable Light), Grand Marais, Michigan
AU SABLE LIGHT
Location: AU SABLE POINT/LAKE SUPERIOR; 31 MILES EAST OF MUNSING; 13 MILES WEST OF GRAND MARIAS, MICHIGAN
Station Established: 1874
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1874
Automated? YES 1958 (Solar)
Foundation Materials: WOOD PILINGS
Construction Materials: BRICK
Tower Shape: CONICAL
Markings/Pattern: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
Characteristics: Fixed White
Relationship to Other Structure: ATTACHED
Original Lens: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL 1874
Foghorn: Steam whistle and airhorn (removed).
Historical Information :
- This light was called Big Sable Light until 1910.
- The National Park Service is in the process of restoring the lighthouse. The tower and red brick building keepers dwelling and matching red brick fog signal building are still standing. The boarded lantern area is an impressive sight.
- The third order fresnel lens is on display at the National Lakeshore’s Nautical and Maritime Museum in Grand Marias.