Photographer: Keith W. Churill

Photographer: Keith W. Churill

Mendota Ship Canal

Bete Grise, Michigan

Built :  1870, 1895 

Construction :  Square / Integral

Status : In-Active, Private Residence

Location : Bete Grise, MI., Mendota Ship Channel

Height : 45 feet

Access : (Private Residence) Car, can view Light from opposite side of channel. Take US-41 just past Delaware, following the road to Lac La Belle. Turn East to Bete Grise and follow the road South to the Light, about 4.5 miles from Bete Grise. 

Photographer: Keith W. Churill

History : Originally, in 1870, a wooden tower was built here to guide ships into the Mendota Shipping Channel which would take them into Lac La Belle from Lake Superior. It was operational for only one year. In 1895 the lighthouse was reestablished.  The tower is square and painted yellow. There is an attached T-shaped dwelling built off of the Western side. A 10-sided cast-iron lantern still stands but the lens is gone. The station was abandoned by the Coast Guard in 1960 when new pierhead lights were installed at the entrance to Lac La Belle. The lighthouse still stands today as a private residence.

Photographer: Keith W. Churill

Here you can see the nearby entrance to the Mendota Ship Canal.


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