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GSA announces public auction for Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Lighthouse in Chassell, Michigan

Contact: Tanya Schusler 312-206-6131,

CHICAGO – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is auctioning the Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Light in Chassell, Michigan. This is one of a record number of lighthouses being offered in 2023 to government agencies, nonprofits, and the public via auction.

Opened in 1919, the Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Light – also known as the Portage Entry Light or the Portage Lake Lower Entry Light – is located at the end of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers breakwater in Houghton County, Michigan.

Property Details:

  • Marking the southern end of the Portage River, the lighthouse stands 68 feet tall.
  • The light contains approximately 1,000 square feet of interior space.
  • In 2014, the light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The property will remain an active aid to navigation.
  • The deed will contain historic preservation covenants.

Auction Details:

  • The auction will open on Aug. 1, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. (CT).
  • Those interested in bidding are required to register in advance and submit a $10,000 registration deposit.
  • The starting bid will be $10,000 and bid increments will be $1,000.
  • Site inspections will only be offered to registered bidders.
  • Those interested in bidding are strongly urged to read the Invitation for Bids: Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Light.

For additional details and inquiries/questions regarding a property inspection contact:
Luke Barrett
Phone: 312-353-1038
Fax: 617-565-5720

The marketing and sales effort is being handled by GSA’s New England Region Real Property Utilization and Disposal Division. The division provides realty services to federal agencies throughout the region, as well as in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


About GSA:

GSA provides centralized procurement and shared services for the federal government, managing a nationwide real estate portfolio of nearly 370 million rentable square feet, overseeing about $87 billion in products and services via federal contracts, and delivering technology services that serve millions of people across dozens of federal agencies. GSA’s mission is to deliver the best customer experience and value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to the government and the American people. For more information, visit and follow us at @USGSA.