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Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light
Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light is located in Wisconsin
Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light
Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light
Location in Wisconsin
Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light is located in the United States
Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light
Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light
Location in the United States
Location Ashland, Wisconsin
Coordinates 46°37′42″N 90°52′12″W / 46.62833°N 90.87000°W / 46.62833; -90.87000
Year first constructed 1915
Year first lit 1915
Foundation Concrete pier
Construction Reinforced concrete / steel
Tower shape Cylindrical watch room on octagonal pyramid tower
Markings / pattern white with red cap on lantern
Height 58 feet (18 m)
Focal height 60 feet (18 m)
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Current lens 9.8-inch (250 mm) acrylic plastic lens solar powered
Range 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)
Characteristic White, Flashing, 6 sec
ARLHS number USA-019
USCG number 7-15310

The Ashland Harbor Breakwater lighthouse, also known as Ashland Breakwater Lighthouse, is an operational lighthouse located near Ashland in Ashland County, Wisconsin, USA. Located in Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior, it is owned and managed by the U.S. Coast Guard. It sits at the end of a long and detached breakwater, which creates an artificial harbor.

A lighthouse keeper's quarters and a boathouse, constructed in 1916, are located about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the light. There are additional living quarters on the second and third stories of the lighthouse.


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