No visit to The Ridges would be complete
without experiencing the iconic Baileys Harbor
Range Lights. Built in 1869 and added to the
National Register of Historic Places in 1989,
the Upper Range Light and its companion Lower
Range Light are the only lighthouses of this
design that are still on range and functional
as navigational aids. These modest but enduring
structures played a critical role in the
history of Baileys Harbor and in the founding
of The Ridges.
At the time they were built, the Range Lights
were considered a more effective way to keep
ships off the treacherous reefs and shallows at
the entrance to Baileys Harbor. From the water,
a sailor got "on range" by vertically aligning
the white light in the Upper Range Light, which
shone at a height of 39 feet above the water,
with the Lower Range Light's red beacon, fixed
at 22 feet above the water.
Dawn until dusk 7 days a week.
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