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Name: South Haven South Pierhead Light  

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Also known as: South Haven Light

Nearest Town or City:
South Haven, Michigan, United States

Location: Entrance to Black River, Lake Michigan.

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Photo: Alan Culley
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Managing Organization:
U.S. Coast Guard


This station's former keeper's dwelling is now owned by the city of South Haven. The lighthouse, at the end of a pier, is now owned by the Historical Association of South Haven. A park has been established around the pier, and there is also a sandy beach. The Michigan Maritime Museum has renovated the keeper's house as the Marialyce Canonie Great Lakes Research Library.

Tower Height: 35

Height of Focal Plane: 37

Characteristic and Range: Fixed red.

Description of Tower: Red, conical cast iron tower with black lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1872 2.5 story keeper's dwelling.

Date Established: 1872

Date Present Tower Built: 1903

Optics: 1903: Fifth order Fresnel lens.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

From US Route 31 (I-196) take BR-196 west; follow as it becomes Phoenix Street, then Water Street, and continue to the park and lighthouse.

Keepers: James Donahue (1874-1909). For a complete list of keepers, see


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