Minnesota Lighthouses

List of all lighthouses in the state of Minnesota as identified by the United States Coast Guard. There are five active lights in the state; one light is inactive but has been converted to a museum, and one is in ruins.

The first lighthouse in the state was erected in 1858 and the last in 1922 (ignoring automated towers erected later); the oldest active light is the Two Harbors Light.

If not otherwise noted, focal height and coordinates are taken from the United States Coast Guard Light List, while location and dates of activation, automation, and deactivation are taken from the United States Coast Guard Historical information site for lighthouses.

Name Image Location Year first lit Current Lens Focal Height
Duluth North Pier Light Duluth 1910 LED 046 46 ft (14 m)
Duluth South Breakwater
Inner Light
Duluth 1889 (Former)
1901 (Current)
LED 068 68 ft (21 m)
Duluth South Breakwater
Outer Light
Duluth 1874 (Former)
1901 (Current)
Unknown 044 44 ft (13 m)
Grand Marais Light Grand Marais 1885 (Former)
1922 (Current)
Fifth-order Fresnel 048 48 ft (15 m)
Minnesota Point Light Duluth 1858 None Unknown
Split Rock Lighthouse Beaver Bay Township 1910 None 168 168 ft (51 m)
Two Harbors Light Two Harbors 1892 DCB-224 078 78 ft (24 m)
Two Harbors Breakwater Light None Two Harbors 1902 Unknown 033 33.5 ft (10.2 m


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Eastern Great Lakes Lighthouses combines the fascinating history and lore of lighthouses with stunning color and black-and-white photographs. The stories of the most significant lighthouses on Lakes Ontario, Erie, and Huron--on both the American and Canadian sides--come alive in the stirring profiles and photos contained in these pages. Descriptions of forty-three [count may change] lighthouses, including eighteen [count may change] on the Canadian side of the lakes, contain directions to the lights and details on visiting them. Together with striking photographs and regional locator maps, they complete this comprehensive examination of memorable Great Lakes landmarks. The Photo Information section discloses how photographer Bruce Roberts took many of the shots appearing in the book.