Lighthouse renovations limits Apostle Islands accessMuch needed repair work at five historic light stations means some temporary closures at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore this year.
Much needed repair work at five historic light stations means some temporary closures at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore this year.
While the National Park Service is working to minimize public inconvenience, some closures are necessary for visitor safety. Per the schedule below, some light station buildings are closed to visitors when work is in progress, as are adjacent grounds. Volunteer “keepers” won’t be in residence during construction.
In some cases lighthouse dock closures are also required for visitor safety and to guarantee dock space for the work crews and materials. Michigan Island light is most impacted by closures as dock space is limited, and work on the station and grounds is extensive. As weather might delay some of the work, it is possible that some closures will continue into the 2014 season.
Check ahead of to avoid “Closed for Renovation” signs at your destination.
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. Watch for updates and “behind the scenes” construction photos on the park’s Facebook page.
Construction dates may be subject to change:
• Michigan Light and Dock: June 4-Nov. 14.
• Devils Light (east and west landings may close): June 4 -Dec. 5.
• Sand Light (landing may close): July 12-Sept. 5
• La Pointe (Long Island) Light (dock may close): July 15-Oct. 8.
• Outer Island Light (dock may close): Aug. 6-Nov. 1.