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Milwaukee Breakwater Light

Location: the harbor of Milwaukee near Milwaukee, WI
Body of Water: Lake Michigan

About Milwaukee Breakwater Light


The location of the light is the harbor of Milwaukee. The nearest city is Milwaukee, WI. The station was first established in 1926. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1926.

The lighthouse is a a square tower on a square house.

The tower has a flashing red light at a focal plane height of 67 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 14 nautical miles. The tower height is 53 ft. The light has a period of 10 seconds.

Open to the Public?: No    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 7-20635 (U.S.)

The structure is floodlighted from sunset to sunrise. A submarine power cable runs to Milwaukee Pierhead Light. An illuminated sign on channelward side of the light structure worded CABLE CROSSING NO ANCHORING.

Fog signal HORN: 2 blasts ev 20s (2s bl- 2s si-2s bl-14s si). Operates from Apr. 1 to Nov.

The light was automated in 1966.

In 2013, Optima Enrichment acquired the lighthouse from the Coast Guard and intends to open the lighthouse to the public

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 10 second period, the light is on for less than 5 then off for more than 5.

Milwaukee Breakwater Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 16, 2011, reference number 11000678.

Today's Conditions on Site

Astronomical Info.

Astronomical Dawn: 5:39 am
Sunrise: 7:20 am
Sunset: 4:45 pm
Astronomical Dusk: 6:25 pm

Local Marine Forecast.

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories 

Additional Conditions.

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