U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Ports Des Morts Passage, the location of this lighthouse, translates as "Death's Door Passage." The lighthouse has fallen into poor condition. The Friends of Plum & Pilot Islands are trying to save the lighthouse. In 2008 they placed a new roof on the light station.
Tower Height: 41
Height of Focal Plane: 48
Description of Tower: Square brick tower on roof of keeper's dwelling.
Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.
This light is operational
1873 integral 2.5 story keeper's dwelling; brick fog signal building; storage building.
Date Established: 1858
Date Present Tower Built: 1858
Date Automated: 1962
Optics: 1873: Fourth order Fresnel lens; now 300 mm, solar powered.
Fog Signal: 1864: Fog trumpet operated by caloric engine; 1875: steam-powered siren; 1904: Compressed-air fog horn.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? No.
Pilot Island Light can be seen from the Washington Island Ferry from Northport. Call 800-223-2094 or email email@example.com for more information. It can also be viewed from lighthouse cruises offered by Shoreline Charters - see www.theshorelineresort.com or call (920) 854-2606 for details.
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places