Major Historic Lighthouse Repairs on the Apostle Islands | People
Much needed repair work is going on at five historic light stations, meaning some temporary closures at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in 2013. According to a press release, these closures are necessary for visitor safety as well as to allow crews to complete the work.
Some light station buildings are closed to visitors, as are adjacent grounds, and the normal volunteer “keepers” are not in residence during construction. Lighthouse dock closures are also required for visitor safety and to guarantee dock space for the work crews and materials.
According to the press release, Michigan Island light is most impacted by closures as dock space is limited, and work on the station and grounds is very extensive. As weather might delay some of the work, it is possible that some closures will continue into the 2014 season.
Visitors are asked to check for closures with the park before visiting.
Here are the anticipated dates for construction, which will result in partial or full closures to the light stations and in some cases the adjacent docks. These dates may be subject to change.
- Michigan Light and Dock: June 4 through November 14, 2013
- Devils Light (East and West landings may be closed as required): June 4 through December 5, 2013
- Sand Light (landing may be closed as required): July 12 through September 5, 2013
- La Pointe (Long Island) Light (dock may be closed as required): July 15 through October 8, 2013
- Outer Island Light (dock may be closed as required): August 6 through November 1, 2013
The light stations are of course still visible from the water, and viewing from offshore is a good, safe way to see the work in progress. Raspberry Island Light is open as usual. Please watch for updates and “behind the scenes” construction photos on the park’s Facebook page.