Photographer: Jeffrey W. Churill

Old Peche Island Rear Range

Marine City, MI

Built: 1908, moved 1981

Construction: Conical, Cast Iron

Status: Inactive

Location: Marine City

Height: 60 feet

Access: Car, parking on Main Street right in front of the lighthouse.

Lighthouse History: This lighthouse, now in Marine City, was originally built in 1908 off Peche Island, Ontario, at the head of the Detroit River. The Original light for this area was built in 1896 named the Isle Aux Peches Range. Isles Aux Peches means Isle of fish. This lighthouse worked with the front range lighthouse to guide ships through the narrow channel in Lake St. Clair and into the head of the Detroit River. Due to ice movement and passing vessels , the wooden foundation became badly damaged. In 1908 the U. S. Coast Guard constructed a new more permanent structure. In 1926 this lighthouse was raised 10 feet to a height of 66 feet. In 1982 the lighthouse was officially decommissioned with arrangements for removal. The city of Marine City constructed a new skeleton tower to hold the light once cradled by the decommissioned Peche Island lighthouse. This restored 60 foot lighthouse is the first exhibit in the Marine City outdoor Marine museum. Another piece of Great Lakes history saved for all to enjoy.

To the left you can see the lighthouse in it's original location just East of Peche Island near the down-bound entrance to the Detroit River.

Photo courtesy of: U.S. Coast Guard

 


 

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