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Name: Ashland Breakwater Light  

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Also known as: Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light

Nearest Town or City:
Ashland, Wisconsin, United States

Location: Chequamegon Bay, Lake Superior.

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Photo: Joost Keesing

Managing Organization:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore


This lighthouse is at the northwestern tip of an offshore breakwater and cannot be accessed by land. On July 11, 2015 ownership of the lighthouse was transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Tower Height: 58

Height of Focal Plane: 60

Description of Tower: White reinforced concrete tower; upper part cylindrical, lower part hexagonal.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1915

Date Present Tower Built: 1915

Optics: 1915: Fourth order Fresnel lens, now 250 mm, solar powered.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? no.

Accessible by boat only. The lighthouse can be seen distantly from Bay View Park in Ashland.

Keepers: Frank H. Mersy, Sr. (1925-1951)

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