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Apostle Islands lighthouses to get facelifts

Five historic lighthouses in Lake Superior's Apostle Islands will be closed for repairs this summer and into the fall as the National Park Service conducts repairs.

Sand Island
The lighthouse on Sand Island in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior (2000 file / News Tribune)

Five historic lighthouses in Lake Superior's Apostle Islands will be closed for repairs this summer and into the fall as the National Park Service conducts repairs.

Some lighthouses are closed to visitation while work is in progress, as are adjacent areas of grounds, and the normal volunteer "keepers" are not in residence during construction. In some cases, lighthouse docks are closed to the public for visitor safety and to guarantee dock space for the work crews and materials.

The Michigan Island light is most impacted by closures as dock space is limited through Nov. 14 with work on the station and grounds extensive. As weather might delay some of the work, it's possible that some closures will continue into the 2014 season.

Devils Light is closed through Dec. 5; Sand Light through Sept. 5; the LaPointe Light through Oct. 8; and Outer Island through Nov. 1.

The light stations still are visible from the water, and viewing from offshore is a good, safe way to see the work in progress. Raspberry Island Light is open as usual.

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