South Haven
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South Haven Quick Facts

Year Station Established: 1872

Is the Light operational? Yes

Year Light First Lit: 1903

Year Automated:

Shape: Cylindrical

Tower Height:   ft.

Original Optic: 5th Order, Fresnel

Present Optic:

Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
     Year Constructed: 1872
      Number of Stories: 2
      Architectural Style:
      Construction Materials: Wood

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South Haven South Pier Lighthouse
South Haven, MI

Cyberlights Lighthouses - South Haven South Pier Lighthouse

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Last Visited: June, 2002

Sitting at the mouth of the Black River, this light is a favorite among photographers due to the spectacular sunsets. The first lighthouse was built in the 1872, but was rebuilt in 1903.

An image of maritime heritage, South Haven's lighthouse on the south pier still standstoday as a vision of seemingly magical qualities. Built in 1872, this distinguished landmark has been welcoming travelers for over 125 years.

The original 37-foot wooden tower was two stories tall. The lower level was used for storage. The upper level housed the lens and a fifth order lamp which ran on mineral oil. The current tower was reconstructed of steel in 1903. It now measures 12' in diameter at the base and stands 35' tall. The ship, Hyacinth, transported the steel structure and U.S. Lighthouse Establishment workers built the light. It eventually was electrified in 1923, utilizing a 200 watt bulb.

Source: Internet Public Library

Source: West Michigan Tourist Association

Latitude/Longitude: 42.401404,-86.287985

Nearest Address: Water St, South Haven, MI

  • (from the south) Take I-196 north to exit 20, Phoenix St.
  • Take a left onto Phoenix St.
  • Follow Phoenix St. for 0.8 miles (it becomes Water St. after 0.5 miles) to the end. The lighthouse is off in front of you.

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