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Mendota (Bete Grise) Light

Location: Mendota Ship Channel near Bete Grise, MI

Local Marine Forecast.

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories 

About Mendota (Bete Grise) Light


The location of the light is Mendota Ship Channel. The nearest city is Bete Grise, MI. The station was first established in 1870. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1895.

The lighthouse is a square tower attached to a dwelling.

The tower has a flashing white light at a focal plane height of 44 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 14 nautical miles. The tower height is 42 ft. The light has a period of 20 seconds.

Open to the Public?: By Appointment    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 7-15151 (U.S.)

The light was deactivated in 1956. After restoring the original lens the light was reactivated on July 5, 1998 at 9:45pm.

A 'flashing' light is a light in which the total duration of light in a period is shorter than the total duration of darkness and the appearances of light (flashes) are usually of equal duration. So in the 20 second period, the light is on for less than 10 then off for more than 10.

Mendota (Bete Grise) Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Aug. 29, 1980, reference number 80004840.

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