Photographer: Keith W. Churill

Presque Isle Harbor

Marquette, Michigan

Built :  1941 

Construction :  Cylindrical steel and concrete

Status : Active, Public Access

Location : Marquette, MI

Height : 40 feet

Access : Car, with parking near the Light in Presque Isle park. Form US_41/M-28 take Front St. North into Marquette. Go about six blocks to Main and turn East. Go one block to Lakeshore, turn North again and follow this around to the City Park and the Light about 3.5 miles. Light is located on a rocky breakwater. In rough lake conditions it is NOT suggested to venture out on the rocks.

History : This Light and breakwater were constructed to give shelter to ships loading at the Presque Isle ore docks in Marquette's Upper Harbor. Here the Lake Freighters load up with taconite (iron ore pellets) from the Cleveland Cliffs Ore Dock. The Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan is very rich in iron ore, and this is one of a hand full of locations along the Lake Superior shoreline with this type of historic and unique loading docks.

Photographer: Keith W. Churill

Above: The vessel LEE H. TREGURTHA is setting up to take on a load of taconite (iron ore) pellets on December 9, 2006. To help give perspective of the size of these vessels and the ore dock, along the top a line of hopper type train cars is visible.


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