The Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museum should be on your Keweenaw Bucket List. It’s only a 25 minute drive from Laurium Manor Inn.
In 1999 the Congress of the United States transferred ownership of the Eagle Harbor Light Station to the Historical Society. The Coast Guard continues to operate the light at the top of the tower. You cannot go up in the tower, since it is still an operating navigational light, but you may visit the rest of the lighthouse compound. Through museum exhibits, period furnishings and interpretive devices the proud history of Eagle Harbor’s most prominent structure has been brought back into sharp focus by the Keweenaw County Historical Society.
EAGLE HARBOR LIFE SAVING STATION MUSEUM
The new Life Saving Museum opened on July 20, 2013 in the boathouse at the Eagle Harbor Marina. A historic 26′ US Coast Guard motor Surf Boat and trailer has been restored by the Keweenaw County Historical Society and is now in place in the museum along with a 36′ US Coast Guard Motor LifeBoat, a Lyle gun, and numerous exhibits. A 26′ pulling surfboat is being restored and will be added to the display. Don’t miss this interesting museum honoring the brave man who battled the wild waters of Lake Superior to save stranded mariners. On the National Register of Historic Places.
Directions: As you enter Eagle Harbor from the west on M-26, where the highway turns sharply right (south) at the harbor and beach area, do not turn right but rather go left onto a short road that goes up over a small hill and through a gate into the fenced-in lighthouse parking area. If approaching Eagle Harbor from the east on M-26, the highway makes a sharp right hand turn, briefly runs along the beach area, then makes a sharp turn left (west). At that turn, continue straight and follow the short bayside road to the lighthouse parking area.