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Ashland Breakwater Lighthouse


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Located on the southern side of the Chequamegon Bay, the Ashland Breakwater Lighthouse still stands near the eastern side of the city of Ashland.

The hexagonal tower is pyramidal in shape with a cylindrical watch room. The walls are made of reinforced concrete throughout except the watch room which is of steel.

The Fresnel lens was removed from the lantern room and replaced by a modern optic in 1980. In 2014, the Ashland Breakwater Lighthouse was transferred to the National Park Service, making it the ninth lighthouse included in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

The keeper’s dwelling and boathouse associated with Ashland Breakwater Lighthouse remain standing on the mainland shore just east of the AmericInn in Ashland.

Learn more about the history of the lighthouse here.

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