Manitowoc Breakwater Light

The Manitowoc Breakwater Light is a Lake Michigan lighthouse located near Manitowoc in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, at the end of the north pier defining Manitowoc's harbor.[2]

Manitowoc Breakwater Light
Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse
LocationManitowoc, Wisconsin
Coordinates44°05′33.918″N 87°38′36.91″W / 44.09275500°N 87.6435861°W / 44.09275500; -87.6435861Coordinates: 44°05′33.918″N 87°38′36.91″W / 44.09275500°N 87.6435861°W / 44.09275500; -87.6435861[1]
Height40 feet (12 m)
ShapeCylindrical on square fog signaling building
First lit1918
Focal height16 m (52 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
LensFourth order Fresnel lens
Range13 nautical miles (24 km; 15 mi)[1]
CharacteristicWhite, Isophase, 6 sec[1]

It is not to be confused with the smaller and complementary south pier navigational beacon, which was unmoored and swept out into the lake on January 7, 2019, during a period of heavy waves and lakeshore flooding from gusty winds. The beacon will be replaced as soon as possible.[3][4]



  1. ^ a b c Light List, Volume VII, Great Lakes (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2014.
  2. ^ "Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse". Lighthouse Friends. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  3. ^ Zarling, Patti (7 January 2019). "Manitowoc South Pier beacon swept away near lighthouse in high waves on Lake Michigan". Herald Times Reporter. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  4. ^ "U.S. Lighthouse in Lake Michigan washed away by large waves" (Videos). ABC News. January 8, 2019. Retrieved January 8, 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Havighurst, Walter (1943) The Long Ships Passing: The Story of the Great Lakes, Macmillan Publishers.
  • Oleszewski, Wes, Great Lakes Lighthouses, American and Canadian: A Comprehensive Directory/Guide to Great Lakes Lighthouses, (Gwinn, Michigan: Avery Color Studios, Inc., 1998) ISBN 0-932212-98-0.
  • Sapulski, Wayne S., (2001) Lighthouses of Lake Michigan: Past and Present (Paperback) (Fowlerville: Wilderness Adventure Books) ISBN 0-923568-47-6; ISBN 978-0-923568-47-4.
  • Wright, Larry and Wright, Patricia, Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia Hardback (Erin: Boston Mills Press, 2006) ISBN 1-55046-399-3.

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